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Ancient Greek Coins from Maroneia, Thrace

Maroneia was located on the coast about midway between the mouths of the Hebrus and the Nestus. It was named after Maron, son of Euanthes, a priest of Apollo, who in the Odyssey gives Odysseus the wine with which he intoxicates Polyphemos. Maron is also called a son of Dionysos. Grapes and vines are symbols of Dionysos or Maron, and advertise the famous wine of Maroneia, which was said to be capable of mixture with twenty times its quantity of water. The autonomous coinage of Maroneia ceased when it fell under the dominion of Philip of Macedon, but the town appears to have remained a place of mintage under Philip, Alexander, Philip Aridaeus, Lysimachus, etc. Not until the second century B.C., when the Romans were supreme in Greece, did Maroneia regain its autonomy. The date of the commencement of the new series of tetradrachms is uncertain, but it is likely that neither Maroneia nor Thasos began to coin again until after the closing of the Macedonian mints for silver in 148 B.C.Maroneia on Wikipedia


Maroneia, Thrace, 386 - 347 B.C.

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SH28913. Silver tetradrachm, Schönert-Geiss 425 (V9/R14); West 92; BMC Thrace p. 126, 25; SNG Lockett 1200 (all same dies), Choice EF, weight 11.359 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 270o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, obverse horse rearing left, trailing rein, MAPΩ below; reverse grape-arbor with four bunches of grapes within square linear frame, EΠI IKE−ΣIO and caduceus around, all within shallow incuse square; toned, beautiful high-relief style, very rare this nice; SOLD


Maroneia, Thrace, c. 398 - 365 B.C.

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Maroneia was on the Aegean coast about midway between the mouths of the Hebrus and the Nestus rivers. The city was named after Maron, sometimes identified as a son of Dionysos, who in the Odyssey gives Odysseus the wine with which he intoxicates Polyphemos. Maroneia was famous for its wine, which was esteemed everywhere and was said to possess the odor of nectar.
SH19464. Silver triobol, SNG Cop 615, EF, superb horse, probably the finest specimen of the type we have seen, weight 2.755 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, die axis 0o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 398 - 365 B.C.; obverse forepart of horse left, Π − Λ flanking at neck; reverse bunch of grapes on a vine, rython lower left, MA lower right, all in a dotted linear square border within a square incuse; SOLD


Maroneia, Thrace, Roman Rule, 146 - 45 B.C.

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Maroneia was on the Aegean coast about midway between the mouths of the Hebrus and the Nestus rivers. The city was named after Maron, sometimes identified as a son of Dionysos, who in the Odyssey gives Odysseus the wine with which he intoxicates Polyphemos. In the era of Ancient Greece and Rome, Maroneia was famous for its wine production. The wine was esteemed everywhere; it was said to possess the odor of nectar, and to be capable of mixture with twenty or more times its quantity with water. That the people of Maroneia venerated Dionysus, we learn not just from its famous Dionysian Sanctuary, the foundations of which can still be seen today, but also from the city's coins.
GS73524. Silver tetradrachm, Schönert-Geiss Maroneia 1079 (V33/R97); BMC Thrace p. 128, 56 ff. var. (right monogram); SNG Cop 638 var. (same); SGCV I 1635 var. (monograms), VF, broad flan, light toning, minor flan crack, weight 15.949 g, maximum diameter 36.4 mm, die axis 0o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, 146 - 45 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos right wreathed in ivy and grapes; reverse ∆IONYΣOY ΣΩTHPOΣ MAPONITΩN, Dionysos standing half left, nude, bunch of grapes in right, two narthex stalks and cloak in left, ΩΠA monogram lower left, A lower right; SOLD







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