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Maroneia was located on the coast about midway between the mouths of the Hebrus and the Nestus. It was named after Maron, son of Euanthes, a priest of Apollo, who in the Odyssey gives Odysseus the wine with which he intoxicates Polyphemos. Maron is also called a son of Dionysos. Grapes and vines are symbols of Dionysos or Maron, and advertise the famous wine of Maroneia, which was said to be capable of mixture with twenty times its quantity of water. The autonomous coinage of Maroneia ceased when it fell under the dominion of Philip of Macedon, but the town appears to have remained a place of mintage under Philip, Alexander, Philip Aridaeus, Lysimachus, etc. Not until the second century B.C., when the Romans were supreme in Greece, did Maroneia regain its autonomy. The date of the commencement of the new series of tetradrachms is uncertain, but it is likely that neither Maroneia nor Thasos began to coin again until after the closing of the Macedonian mints for silver in 148 B.C.
Maroneia, Thrace, c. 398 - 385 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.GB85193. Silver triobol, Schönert-Geiss Maroneia 236 ff.; SNG Cop 616; SNG Delepierre 797; BMC Thrace p. 234, 30a, gF/VF, tight flan, edge cracks, weight 2.624 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 90o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 398 - 385 B.C.; obverse forepart of prancing horse left, dotted body truncation, A-N flanking at neck, Θ below; reverse bunch of grapes on a vine, M - A flanking low across the field, all in a dotted linear square border within a square incuse; $200.00 (€170.00)
Maroneia, Thrace, c. 146 B.C. - 1st Century A.D.
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.GB64023. Bronze AE 20, Schönert-Geiss Maroneia 1690 (different dies); SNG Cop 634 var. (monogram); BMC Thrace, p. 131, 87 var. (same, etc.); SNG Evelpidis -; SNG Dreer -, VF, green patina, scratches, weight 7.808 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 146 B.C. - 1st century A.D.; obversehead of Herakles right; reverse MAPΩ/NITΩN, bridled horse galloping right, P∆Y monogram above; ex Helios Numismatik auction 7 (12 Dec 2011), lot 242; very rare; $90.00 (€76.50)
Thracian Tribes, c. 146 - 30 B.C., Imitative of Maroneia, Thrace
This is the only example of this type with a blundered ethnic known to Forum. We believe it much more likely a Thracian tribal imitative than a Maroneia mint error.BB54594. Bronze AE 18, cf. Schönert-Geiss Maroneia 1566, BMC Thrace p. 130, 80; SNG Cop 645; Lindgren II 805 (blundered ethnic), VF, crude, weight 6.585 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Thracian tribal mint, c. 146 - 30 B.C.; obverse wreathed head of young Dionysos right; reverse Dionysos standing left, grapes in right, narthex in left, blundered inscription downward on right (normally MAPΩNITΩN, appears as NEOΣ?); $.99 (€.84)
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