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“It is not gold I carry but rather Dionysus' drink … What is more, Maron, the god's own son, gave me the drink."

Euripides (480-406 BC), Cyclops, lines 139-141
Maroneia silver tetradrachm
£13,000
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“It is not gold I carry but rather Dionysus' drink … What is more, Maron, the god's own son, gave me the drink."

Euripides (480-406 BC), Cyclops, lines 139-141
Maroneia silver tetradrachm
£13,000
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Maroneia silver tetradrachm

Circa late 2nd-early 1st century BC

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

Provenance:

Bank Leu auction 25, 23 April 1980, lot 89

Triton IV, 5 December 2000, lot 191

Published:

E. Schönert-Geiss, Die Münzprägung von Maroneia, Berlin 1987, coin 1000.1 (V9/R23).

£13,000

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