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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. 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; $70.00 (€59.50)
Maroneia, Thrace, c. 400 - 350 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.GB88301. Bronze AE 15, Schönert-Geiss 722 ff.; SNG Cop 632; BMC Thrace p. 129, 65; SGCV I 1636, F, well centered, porous, weight 3.907 g, maximum diameter 14.8 mm, die axis 0o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 400 - 350 B.C.; obverse free horse prancing right, ΠNK monogram below; reverse MAP−ΩNI−TΩN clockwise, squared, around three sides from lower left, linear square containing vine with four bunches of grapes, YE monogram below; ex Frascatius Ancient Coins; $45.00 (€38.25)
Maroneia, Thrace, 386 - 347 B.C.
SH28913. Silver tetradrachm, Schönert-Geiss 425 (V9/R14); West 92; BMC Thrace p. 126, 25; SNG Lockett 1200 (all same dies), Choice EF, weight 11.359 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 270o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, obverse horse rearing left, trailing rein, MAPΩ below; reverse grape-arbor with four bunches of grapes within square linear frame, EΠI IKE−ΣIO and caduceus around, all within shallow incuse square; toned, beautiful high-relief style, very rare this nice; SOLD
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