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bgr_704926 - THRACE - MARONEIA Demi-unité

THRACE - MARONEIA Demi-unité AU
175.00 €(Approx. 190.75$ | 147.00£)
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Type : Demi-unité
Date: c. 120 AC.
Mint name / Town : Maronée, Thrace
Metal : copper
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 5,87 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie sur un flan centré, éclaté à 12h. Très joli portrait de Dionysos. Patine marron
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Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Dionysos à droite, portant une couronne de feuilles de vigne et de lierre, les cheveux longs.

Reverse


Reverse description : Dionysos nu, le manteau sur l'épaule gauche, tenant de la main droite, une grappe de raisin et de la gauche deux javelines ; de chaque côté un monogramme.
Reverse legend : MARWNITWN.

Commentary


Les monnaies divisionnaires semblent beaucoup plus rares que les unités.

Historical background


THRACE - MARONEIA

(after 148 BC)

The name of Maronea, which had been colonized by inhabitants of Chios, comes from Maron, priest of Apollo who gave Ulysses the means to neutralize Polyphemus by making him drunk. Maron is also described as a son of Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and drunkenness. Wine and vines were therefore important, hence the representation of Dionysos on the obverse, and the city was renowned for the quality of its wine, which is even mentioned by Homer in the Odyssey. The city itself, ancient Ortagurea, located on the northern shore of Lake Ismaris on the Sthenas River, was close to Dikaia and Abdera also located in Thrace.

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