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Maroneia, Thrace, c. 150 - 100 B.C.
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.
GB74169. Bronze AE 26, Schönert-Geiss
Maroneia 1415 (V25/R54); BMC Thrace
p. 130, 72 ff. var. (monograms
); SNG Cop
643 var. (monogram
), VF, nice green patina
adjustment marks, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece
) mint, weight
11.598g, maximum diameter
25.5mm, die axis
, c. 150 - 100 B.C.; obverse head
of young Dionysos right, wearing band across forehead, and ivy wreath
∆IONIΣOY ΣΩTHPOΣ MAPΩNITΩN, Dionysos standing left, nude but for chlamys
on left arm, bunch of grapes in right hand, two stalks of narthex
in left hand, monogram
inner left, monogram
inner right; $95.00
Catalog current as of Sunday, October 22, 2017.
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