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The obverse with a remarkable portrait of the Greek god of wine and theatre Dionysos. A small M on the god’s headband is visible between two ivy leaves. Unnoticed until 2000, it must be the mark of the engraver who cut the obverse die. He had to have been particularly proud of his work, and with good reason.
The reverse with the nude god, the inscription reading:
ΔIONYΣOY ΣΩTHPOΣ MAPΩNITΩN
"Dionysos, Saviour of Maroneia”.
The city of Maroneia in Thrace was famed for its wine, and according to the legend had been founded by Maron, a son or grandson of Dionysos.
Weight: 16.60 g
Diameter: 30.90 mm
Bank Leu auction 25, 23 April 1980, lot 89
Triton IV, 5 December 2000, lot 191
E. Schönert-Geiss, Die Münzprägung von Maroneia, Berlin 1987, coin 1000.1 (V9/R23).
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