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Live auction - bgr_890628 - THRACE - MARONEIA Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 500 €
Price : 390 €
Maximum bid : 400 €
End of the sale : 05 March 2024 14:06:00
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 150-120 AC.
Mint name / Town : Maronée, Thrace
Metal : silver
Diameter : 33 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 15,27 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire sur un flan large et bien centré. Joli portrait de Dionysos. Revers agréable. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


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


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).

Historical background


(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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