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Coin of the Month

July 2016: CNT_6043

Also the Seminar for Ancient History and Epigraphy of the University of Heidelberg is holding in its collection a small part of Thracian coins. This month we present a Hellenistic coin from Maroneia of the Heidelberg collection. Dionysos is shown on both sides of the bronze, while on the obverse his portrait head in profile with long hair and an ivy wreath with blossoms is depicted, on the reverse he can be seen in full figure. Here he is nude and holds a bunch of grapes in the lowered right hand, in the left arm there are two spears and his chlamys. If you are interested in other depictions of Dionysus in Thracian coinage just search for Dionysus. You will get an overview of coins with his picture. So you can easily discover that he appears for example also in the coinages of Thasos, Byzantion, Perinth, Anchialos, Bizye, Philippopolis and others like on the coinage of the Thracian dynast Ketriporis. On the reverse of the coin of Maroneia furthermore a monogram can be found and we are very happy that we managed to show such extra sings on coins like the monograms in CNT.