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Live auction - bgr_571784 - THRACE - MARONEIA Tétradrachme

THRACE - MARONEIA Tétradrachme AU/AU
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Starting price : 450 €
Estimate : 750 €
Price : 809 €
Maximum bid : 809 €
End of the sale : 08 September 2020 14:08:40
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 120 AC.
Mint name / Town : Thrace, Maronée
Metal : silver
Diameter : 32 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 16,54 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan extrêmement large et ovale avec une jolie patine de médaillier avec des reflets mordorés. Superbe tête de Dionysos. La monnaie a conservé une partie de son coupant de frappe
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.

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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