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Live auction - bgr_628541 - THRACE - MARONEIA Tétradrachme

THRACE - MARONEIA Tétradrachme AU
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bgr_628541
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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 150-120 AC.
Mint name / Town : Maronée, Thrace
Metal : silver
Diameter : 31,5 mm
Orientation dies : 5 h.
Weight : 16,75 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan large, centré. Léger tréflage au droit et au revers. Superbe Dionysos, bien venu à la frappe. La monnaie a conservé une partie de son coupant. Patine grise
Catalogue references :

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 : DIONUSOU // SWTHROS // MARWNITWN.
Reverse translation : (Dionysos le grand de Maronée).

Commentary


La combinaison des deux monogrammes du revers semble beaucoup plus rare. C’est la première fois que nous la proposons à la vente.

Historical background


Thrace - Maronea

(After 148 BC)

Maronea name, which had been colonized by people of Chios, just Maron, a priest of Apollo who gave Ulysses way to neutralize Polyphemus drunk in the making. Maron is also described as a son of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and intoxication. Wine and vine were so important, where the representation of Dionysos right, and the city was famous for the quality of its wine which is even mentioned by Homer in the Odyssey. The city itself, the ancient Ortagurea, located on the north shore of Lake Ismaris on Sthénas river was near Dikaia and Abdera also located in Thrace.

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