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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., Philippopolis, Thrace
Click for a larger photo Wandering the world in a panther-drawn chariot, Dionysus rode ahead of the maenads and satyrs, who sang loudly and danced, flushed with wine. They were profusely garlanded with ivy, and held the thyrsus, a staff topped with a pinecone, a symbol of the immortality of his believers. Everywhere he went he taught men how to cultivate vines, and the mysteries of his cult. Whoever stood in his way and refused to revere him was punished with madness.
RP69757. Bronze assarion, cf. RPC Online 7441; Varbanov 725; SNG Hunterian 815; BMC Thrace, p 162, 9 (laureate); SNG Cop 771, F+, nice portrait, weight 3.185 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Philippopolis (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AYT AI A∆PI ANTΩNEINOC (or similar), laureate head right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOΠOΛEITΩN, Dionysos standing half left, nude, kantharos in right, filleted thyrsos vertical behind in left; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $7.01 (€5.26)


Dionysopolis, Thrace, c. 225 - 200 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great
Click for a larger photo 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 Bronze AE 17, apparently unpublished; Draganov Dionysopolis -, SNG Stancomb -, BMC -, Lindgren -, SNG Cop -, VF, overstruck, weight 4.400 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis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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