About this artwork
The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the god Dionysos crowned with ivy leaves, one of the attributes (along with the grapes he holds on the coin’s back) which identifies him as the god of wine. He is believed to have come from Thrace, where this coin was minted.
Many cities claimed to be the birthplace of Dionysos. One was Maroneia, on the coast of Thrace, which was said to be named after Dionysos’s son Maron. Dionysos was the city’s protective deity and appeared on its coinage crowned with ivy leaves. On the back (reverse) of the coin, the god is seen holding a bunch of grapes.
- Ancient Greek
- Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the God Dionysos
- 150 BCE–100 BCE
- Reverse: ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ (In exergue: ΜΑΡΩΝΙΤΩΝ)
- Diam. 3.4 cm; 16.60 g
- Gift of Emily Crane Chadbourne