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Dionysopolis, Moesia Inferior

Dionysopolis was founded by Thracians and later colonized by Ionians who named it Krounoi. The city was renamed Dionysopolis during the second half of the 3rd century, after a statue of Dionysus was found in the sea nearby. Most of the types from Dionysopolis are scarce or rare. Today it is Balchik, Bulgaria, a Black Sea seaside resort town.


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Dionysopolis, Moesia Inferior

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Dionysopolis was founded by Thracians and later colonized by Ionians who named it Krounoi. The city was renamed Dionysopolis during the second half of the 3rd century B.C., after a statue of Dionysus was found in the sea nearby. Most of the types from Dionysopolis are scarce or rare. Today it is Balchik, Bulgaria, a Black Sea seaside resort town.
RP73562. Brass AE 20, Varbanov I 423 corr. (same dies, R8, listed as bare head in error, notes otherwise unpublished), VF, weight 4.294 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 146 A.D.; obverse ANTΩ CEBAC, laureate head right; reverse ∆IONVCOΠOΛEITΩ, flaming torch; very rare; $120.00 (€104.40)


Dionysopolis, Thrace, c. 225 - 200 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great

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The civic Alexandrine tetradrachms of Dionysopolis were all struck c. 225 - 190 B.C. Only six obverse dies were used for the whole group. The artist who engraved the obverse for this coin also worked at Cayble and Mesembria.
SH66834. Silver tetradrachm, Price 948, SNG Cop 715, Müller Alexander 1527, VF, attractive style, weight 16.769 g, maximum diameter 30.9 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis (Balchik, Bulgaria) mint, c. 225 - 200 B.C.; obverse Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, eagle in extended right, long scepter vertical behind in left, right leg drawn back, bunch of grapes over ΣIΛH in left field; SOLD


Dionysopolis, Moesia Inferior, 2nd Century B.C.

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GB19939. Bronze AE 17, apparently unpublished; Draganov Dionysopolis -, SNG Stancomb -, BMC -, Lindgren -, SNG Cop -, VF, overstruck, weight 4.400 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis (Balchik, Bulgaria) mint, 2nd century BC; obverse head of Apollo right, profile of Hercules from undertype visible; reverse ∆IO [...], stars over caps of the Dioscuri, all in laurel wreath; extremely rare; SOLD



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REFERENCES

Draganov, D. "The Bronze Coinage of Dionysopolis" in NumCirc CV/10 (December), 1997, pp. 371-7.
Head, Barclay. A Catalogue of Greek Coins in the British Museum, Phrygia. (London, 1906).
Jekov, G. The Local Coinage of the Roman Empire - Moesia Inferior, I - III c. A.D., Dionysopolis. (Blagoevgrad, 2003). (Imperial only.)
Pick, B. and K. Regling. Die antiken Münzen von Dacien und Moesien. Die antiken Münzen Nord-Griechenlands, Vol. I. (Berlin, 1898).
Poole, R.S. ed. A Catalog of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Thrace, etc. (London, 1877).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain, Volume IX, British Museum, Part 1: The Black Sea. (London, 1993). (No imperial.)
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain, Volume XI, The William Stancomb Collection of Coins of the Black Sea Region. (Oxford, 2000). (No imperial.)
Varbanov, Ivan. Greek Imperial Coins And Their Values, Vol. I: Dacia, Moesia Superior & Moesia Inferior (English Edition). (Bourgas, Bulgaria, 2005). (Imperial only.)

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