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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.

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; $45.00 SALE PRICE $40.50


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 AΛΕΞANΔPOY, Zeus Atophoros seated left on throne without back, left, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, bunch of grapes over ΣIΛΗ in left field; SOLD


Dionysopolis, Moesia Inferior, 2nd Century B.C.

|Dionysopolis|, |Dionysopolis,| |Moesia| |Inferior,| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |18|
GB19939. Bronze AE 18, apparently unpublished; Draganov Bronze -, SNG Stancomb -, BMC Thrace -, Lindgren -, SNG Cop -, VF, overstruck, weight 4.400 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis (Balchik, Bulgaria) mint, 2nd century B.C.; obverse head of Apollo right, profile of Hercules from undertype visible; reverse ΔIO [...], stars over caps of the Dioscuri, all in laurel wreath; extremely rare; SOLD


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

|Dionysopolis|, |Dionysopolis,| |Moesia| |Inferior,| |Late| |3rd| |-| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |17|
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. IΦI is the only magistrate Draganov lists for this type.
SH75655. Bronze AE 17, Draganov Dionysopolis 5, SNG Stancomb 115 - 116, SNG BM -, SNG Cop -, AMNG II -, BMC Thrace -, aVF, tight flan, weak reverse center, weight 5.502 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 270o, Dionysopolis (Balchik, Bulgaria) mint, magistrate Iphia-, c. 3rd - 2nd century B.C.; obverse head of Demeter right wearing veil and crown made of city walls; reverse ΔIONY / IΦIA, poppy head on stalk on left, stalk of grain on right; very rare, unpublished until 1997; SOLD


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

|Roman| |Military| |Mint|, |Roman| |Macedonia,| |"Thasian"| |Type,| |c.| |148| |-| |80| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
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







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REFERENCES

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 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).
RPC Online - http://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/
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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