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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.

Kingdom of Bithynia, Prusias II Kynegos, 185 - 149 B.C.

|Kingdom| |of| |Bithynia|, |Kingdom| |of| |Bithynia,| |Prusias| |II| |Kynegos,| |185| |-| |149| |B.C.||AE| |20|
Prusias II, son of Prusias I, inherited his father's name but not his character. He first joined with Eumenes of Pergamon in war against Pontus, but later turned on Pergamon and invaded. He was defeated and Pergamon demanded heavy reparations. Prusias sent his son Nicomedes II to Rome to ask for aid in reducing the payments. When Nicomedes revolted, Prusias II was murdered in the temple of Zeus at Nikomedia.

Like satyrs, centaurs were notorious for being wild, lusty, overly indulgent drinkers and carousers, violent when intoxicated, and generally uncultured delinquents. Chiron, by contrast, was intelligent, civilized and kind. He was not related directly to the other centaurs. He was the son of the Titan Cronus and the Oceanid Philyr. The other centaurs were spawned by the cloud Nephele on the slopes of Mount Pelion. Apollo taught the young Chiron the art of medicine, herbs, music, archery, hunting, gymnastics and prophecy, and made him rise above his beastly nature. He became a renowned teacher who mentored many of the greatest heroes of myth including the Argonauts Jason and Peleus, the physician Asklepios, and Achilles of Troy.
GB99271. Bronze AE 20, SNG Cop 639; BMC Pontus p. 211, 9; Rec Gen I p. 226, 26; HGC 7 629; SGCV II 7266, aVF, dark patina, spots of corrosion, reverse edge beveled, weight 5.240 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, Nikomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, c. 180 - 150 B.C.; obverse head of young Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy; reverse centaur Chiron standing right, playing lyre, his animal skin cloak flying behind, monogram inner right under raised foreleg, BAΣIΛEΩΣ downward on right, ΠPOYΣIOY downward on left; $110.00 SALE PRICE $85.00

Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Dionysopolis, Phrygia

|Other| |Phrygia|, |Tiberius,| |19| |August| |14| |-| |16| |March| |37| |A.D.,| |Dionysopolis,| |Phrygia||AE| |17|
Dionysiopolis (or Dionysopolis) in Phrygia is mentioned in a letter of M. Cicero to his brother Quintus, in which he speaks of the people of Dionysopolis being very hostile to Quintus, which must have been for something that Quintus did during his praetorship of Asia. Pliny places the Dionysopolitae in the conventus of Apamea, which is all the ancient writers note of their position. We may infer from the coinage that the place was on the Maeander, or near it. Stephanus of Byzantium says that it was founded by Attalus and Eumenes. Stephanus mentions another Dionysopolis in Pontus, originally called Cruni, and he quotes two verses of Scymnus about it; however, he likely meant the town of Dionysopolis in Thrace, on the Pontus, rather than in Pontus. Dionysiopolis was important enough in the late Roman province of Phrygia Pacatiana to become a bishopric, suffragan of its Metropolitan Archbishopric Hierapolis in Phrygia, but was to fade. Its site is tentatively located near modern Bekilli, Turkey.
RP110064. Leaded bronze AE 17, RPC Online I 3120; vA Phryg II 108-20; SNG Cop 349; SNGvA 3538; SNG Fitz 4965; BMC Phrygia 16, F, dark green patina, tight flan, weight 4.641 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis (near Bekilli, Turkey) mint, 19 Aug 14 - 16 Mar 37 A.D.; obverse ΣEBAΣTOΣ, bare head right; reverse Dionysus standing half left, head left, wearing chiton and himation, grapes in extended right hand, resting on thyrsus vertical in left hand, ΔIONYΣOΠOΛITΩN XAPIΞENOΣ XAP TOY XAP (Charixenos, son of Char[ixenos], grandson of Char[ixenos]) in four downward lines, both XAP ligate; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00

Dionysopolis, Thrace, c. 225 - 200 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great

|Dionysopolis|, |Dionysopolis,| |Thrace,| |c.| |225| |-| |200| |B.C.,| |Civic| |Issue| |in| |the| |Types| |and| |Name| |of| |Alexander| |the| |Great||tetradrachm|
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, Mller 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, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus Atophoros enthroned left, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, bunch of grapes over ΣΙΛΗ in left field; SOLD



Corpus Nummorum Thracorum -
Draganov, D. "The Bronze Coinage of Dionysopolis" in NumCirc CV/10 (December), 1997, pp. 371-377.
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Jekov, G. The Local Coinage of the Roman Empire - Moesia Inferior, I - III c. A.D., Dionysopolis. (Blagoevgrad, 2003). (Imperial only.)
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Pick, B. & K. Regling. Die antiken Mnzen von Dacien und Moesien. Die antiken Mnzen 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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