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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.


Dionysopolis, Moesia Inferior, Late 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

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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. IΦI is the only magistrate Draganov lists for this type.
SH75655. Bronze AE 17, Draganov Dionysopolis 5, SNG Stancomb 115 - 116, SNG BM -, SNG Cop -, AMNG II -, BMC Thrace -, aVF, tight flan, weak reverse center, weight 5.502 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 270o, Dionysopolis (Balchik, Bulgaria) mint, magistrate Iphia–, c. 3rd - 2nd century B.C.; obverse head of Demeter right wearing veil and crown made of city walls; reverse ∆IONY / IΦIA, poppy head on stalk on left, stalk of grain on right; very rare, unpublished until 1997; $180.00 (€153.00)
 


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 head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, 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 Bronze AE 18, apparently unpublished; Draganov Bronze -, SNG Stancomb -, BMC Thrace -, Lindgren -, SNG Cop -, VF, overstruck, weight 4.400 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis (Balchik, Bulgaria) mint, 2nd century B.C.; 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

Corpus Nummorum Thracorum - http://www.corpus-nummorum.eu/
Draganov, D. "The Bronze Coinage of Dionysopolis" in NumCirc CV/10 (December), 1997, pp. 371-377.
Head, B. 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.)
Lindgren, H. Ancient Greek Bronze Coins: European Mints from the Lindgren Collection. (San Mateo, 1989).
Lindgren, H. Lindgren III: Ancient Greek Bronze Coins from the Lindgren Collection. (Quarryville, 1993).
Pick, B. & K. Regling. Die antiken Münzen von Dacien und Moesien. Die antiken Münzen Nord-Griechenlands, Vol. I. (Berlin, 1898).
Price, M.J. The Coinage of in the Name of Alexander the Great and Philip Arrhidaeus. (London, 1991).
Poole, R.S. ed. A Catalog of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Thrace, etc. (London, 1877).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Denmark, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum, Vol. 2: Macedonia and Thrace. (West Milford, NJ, 1982).
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, I. Greek Imperial Coins And Their Values, Vol. I: Dacia, Moesia Superior & Moesia Inferior (English Edition). (Bourgas, Bulgaria, 2005). (Imperial only.)

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