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Ancient Greek Coins from Maroneia, Thrace

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 on Wikipedia


Maroneia, Thrace, c. 398 - 385 B.C.

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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.
GS85138. Silver triobol, Schönert-Geiss 198 (V13/R15); McClean 3964 (same dies); SNG Cop 613; BMC Thrace p. 127, 33, VF, attractive light iridescent toning, well centered on a tight flan, light scratches, weight 2.676 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 90o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 398 - 385 B.C.; obverse forepart of prancing horse left, dotted body truncation, H-P flanking at neck; 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; $280.00 (€249.20)
 


Maroneia, Thrace, c. 146 B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

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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.; obverse head 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; $125.00 (€111.25)
 


Maroneia, Thrace, c. 150 - 100 B.C.

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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, flan adjustment marks, weight 11.598 g, maximum diameter 25.5 mm, die axis 0o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 150 - 100 B.C.; obverse head of young Dionysos right, wearing band across forehead, and ivy wreath; reverse ∆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 (€84.55)
 


Thracian Tribes, c. 146 - 30 B.C., Imitative of Maroneia, Thrace

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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?); $45.00 (€40.05)
 







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