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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. 146 - 100 B.C.

|Maroneia|, |Maroneia,| |Thrace,| |c.| |146| |-| |100| |B.C.||AE| |21|
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.
GB93473. Bronze AE 21, cf. Schönert-Geiss 1527 ff.; BMC Thrace p. 130, 80; SNG Cop 645, SNG Evelpidis 973, Choice VF/F, well centered on a tight flan, green patina with earthen highlighting, some porosity, tiny edge split, weight 6.862 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 45o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 146 - 30 B.C.; obverse head of young Dionysos right, wearing band across forehead, and ivy wreath; reverse Dionysos standing left, nude but for chlamys on left arm, bunch of grapes in right hand, two stalks of narthex in left hand, monogram lower left, MAPΩNITΩN downward on right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $125.00 SALE |PRICE| $113.00
 


Maroneia, Thrace, c. 168 - 145 B.C.

|Maroneia|, |Maroneia,| |Thrace,| |c.| |168| |-| |145| |B.C.||AE| |18|
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.
GB93472. Bronze AE 18, Schönert-Geiss Maroneia 1556 ff.; BMC Thrace p. 130, 82; SNG Cop 646; Weber 2351; McClean 3982; HGC 3 1541 (S), VF, attractive green patina with earthen highlighting, slight porosity, weight 6.130 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 0o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 168/7-48/45 B.C.; obverse head of young Dionysos right, band across forehead, and ivy wreath; reverse Dionysos standing left, nude but for chlamys on left arm, bunch of grapes in right hand, two stalks of narthex in left hand, MAPΩNITΩN downward on right, no control monogram; from the Errett Bishop Collection; scarce; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00
 


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

|Maroneia|, |Maroneia,| |Thrace,| |c.| |150| |-| |100| |B.C.||AE| |25|NEW
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.
GB96080. Bronze AE 25, Schönert-Geiss 1654 (also with male head countermark); SNG Cop 635; BMC Thrace p. 131, 85, VF/aF, green patina, reverse flattening from countermarking, ragged edge, weight 9.442 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 45o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 150 - 100 B.C.; obverse head of young Dionysos right, wearing band across forehead, and ivy wreath; countermarks: (1)bunch of grapes(?) in a round punch, (2) male head (Dionysos?) right in a round punch, (3) uncertain, half off flan; reverse Asklepios standing facing, head left, leaning on snake-entwined staff, monogram left, MAPΩNITΩN downward on right; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00 ON RESERVE







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