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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.


Roman Macedonia, "Thasian" Type, c. 148 - 80 B.C.

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This Dionysos / Herakles type was first struck by Thasos itself on the island and in its continental territories in the South of the Balkans, c. 168 - 148 B.C. After Rome took control of the area, "Thasian" types were struck by Roman authorities, c. 148 - 80 B.C., mainly in Macedonia but also, perhaps, by mobile military mints on campaigns. Imitatives were also struck by at least several tribal groups (mainly Celtic or mixed enclaves) from as early as 120 - 100 B.C. to about 20 - 10 B.C.
GS84941. Silver tetradrachm, Prokopov Thasos, group XVI, 1254 (O DD9 / R 888, unlisted reverse die); SNG Cop 1040 ff., gVF, attractive style, bold strike, bumps and marks, small edge crack, bent flan - left edge of obverse bent upward, weight 16.641 g, maximum diameter 32.9 mm, die axis 0o, Roman provincial or military mint, c. 148 - 80 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wearing taenia and wreathed in flowering ivy; reverse HPAKΛEOYΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ ΘAΣIΩN, Herakles standing half left, nude but for Nemean lion's skin on left arm, resting right hand on grounded club before him, left hand on hip, MH monogram inner left; SOLD


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

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CM54165. Bronze AE 23, SNG Stancomb 111 - 113 (all with Demeter c/m but not Athena c/m), Draganov Bronze 3, BMC Thrace -, SNG BM -, SNG Cop -, VF, weight 6.773 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis (Balchik, Bulgaria) mint, 3rd - 2nd century B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wreathed in ivy, two countermarks on neck: veiled head of Demeter right in round punch, helmeted head of Athena right in round punch; reverse TI-M[H] / ∆IONY, club flanked by six-pointed stars, all within ivy wreath; rare; SOLD


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

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Draganov Dionysopolis lists two similar types, both identified as otherwise unpublished. His #4 is extremely similar but has a monogram below the ethnic and the reverse type is a corn ear. Draganov's #9 has the same types but the style is different and the ethnic is above.
BB38910. Bronze AE 12, unpublished, cf. Draganov Bronze 4 & 9, AMNG II -, SNG Stancomb -, BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, SNG BM -, VF, green patina, weight 1.731 g, maximum diameter 11.9 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis (Balchik, Bulgaria) mint, late 3rd - 2nd century B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wreathed in ivy, dotted border; reverse ∆ION, thyrsos; extremely rare; SOLD


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 assarion, 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; SOLD


Dionysopolis, Moesia Inferior, c. 1st Century B.C.

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Draganov identifies three names found in the exergue of this type: ∆HMOΦON, EYKΛEOY, and HPAKΛEI∆OY.
GB38403. Bronze AE 22, Draganov Bronze 29, SNG Stancomb 124, SNG BM 217, VF, light cleaning scratches, weight 6.758 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis (Balchik, Bulgaria) mint, obverse turreted and veiled head of Demeter right; reverse ∆IONYΣOΣ, Demeter seated left on throne, phiale in right, stalk of grain in left, ∆HMOΦΩN (magistrate) in exergue; SOLD


Dionysopolis, Moesia Inferior, c. 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

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Examples of this type, usually in finer style, are dated by some numismatists to the late 3rd century B.C. Examples in this slightly less refined style are often dated to the 2nd century B.C. SNG Stancomb dates the type 1st century B.C. to 1st century A.D.
CM54174. Bronze AE 25, SNG Stancomb 123 (same countermark) and 124 (same reverse die), SNG BM 217 var. (dated 3rd century B.C.), Draganov Bronze 29, SNG Cop -, gVF, weight 9.855 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis (Balchik, Bulgaria) mint, obverse turreted and veiled head of Tyche right, countermark: head in round punch; reverse ∆IONYΣOΣ, goddess seated left on throne, phiale in right, stalk of grain in right, ∆HMOΦΩN (magistrate) in exergue; beautiful dark green patina, nice for the type with countermark; SOLD


Dionysopolis, Moesia Inferior, c. 1st 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.
GB42792. Bronze AE 23, Draganov Bronze 27, VF, weight 6.613 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis (Balchik, Bulgaria) mint, c. 1st century B.C.; obverse turreted and veiled head of Demeter right; reverse ∆IONYΣOΣ ∆IONYΣIOY, Demeter turreted, seated left on throne, phiale in right; rare; SOLD


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.
GB48666. Bronze AE 19, Draganov Bronze 2 var. (no Σ), SNG Stancomb 110 (no Σ, monogram not mentioned), AMNG I/I -, BMC Thrace -, gF, weight 6.132 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis (Balchik, Bulgaria) mint, late 3rd - 2nd century B.C.; obverse young head of Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath; reverse ∆IONYΣ, vine with two bunches of grapes, monogram in right field; rare; SOLD


Dionysopolis, Moesia Inferior, c. Late 3rd - 1st Century B.C.

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Draganov identifies three names found in the exergue of this type: ∆HMOΦON, EYKΛEOY, and HPAKΛEI∆OY. This magistrate is much scarcer than ∆HMOΦON.
CM55339. Bronze AE 24, Draganov Bronze 29, SNG Stancomb 123 var. (different magistrate, same countermark), SNG BM 217 var. (different magistrate), SNG Cop -, F, nice green patina, weight 4.702 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis (Balchik, Bulgaria) mint, obverse turreted and veiled head of Demeter right, countermark: head in round punch; reverse ∆IONYΣΩ, Demeter, turreted, seated left on throne, phiale in right, stalk of grain in left, HPAKΛEI/∆OY (magistrate) in exergue; scarce variant; SOLD


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

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IΦI is the only magistrate Draganov lists for this type.
GB48681. Bronze AE 17, Draganov Bronze 5, SNG Stancomb 115, AMNG I/I -, BMC Thrace -, aVF, weight 5.781 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis (Balchik, Bulgaria) mint, obverse turreted and veiled head of Demeter right; reverse ∆IONY / IΦIA, thyrsos left, ear of grain right; very rare; SOLD




  




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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 MŁnzen von Dacien und Moesien. Die antiken MŁnzen 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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