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Live auction - bgr_417144 - THRACE - MARONEIA Statère

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Estimate : 2 500 €
Price : 1 500 €
Maximum bid : 1 500 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:04:50
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Statère
Date: c. 411/410 -398/397 AC.
Mint name / Town : Maronée, Thrace
Metal : silver
Diameter : 24 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 12,81 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale et irrégulier bien centré des deux côtés. Joli droit. Revers bien venu à la frappe, légèrement taché. Patine de collection avec des reflets dorés. A été nettoyé anciennement
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Cheval libre galopant à gauche ; au-dessus du dos, un astre à huit rais.


Reverse description : Quatre grappes de raisin sur un cep de vigne dans un carré linéaire.
Reverse legend : MA/RW/NIT/EWN.
Reverse translation : (Posideos).


Un seul exemplaire signalé, non photographié pesant 12,63 g, publié par Kadlec, NZ 47, 1914, p. 29, pl. 1/104. De la plus grande rareté. Semble être le second exemplaire recensé pour cette variété.

Historical background


(4th century 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. It received colonists from Chios around 540 BC. It lost its independence definitively when Philip II of Macedonia occupied it..

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