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Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the God Dionysos

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

mid–2nd century BCE

Artist:

Greek; minted in Maroneia, Thrace

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 151

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the God Dionysos

Origin

Greece

Date

150 BCE–100 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Reverse: ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ (In exergue: ΜΑΡΩΝΙΤΩΝ)

Dimensions

Diam. 3.4 cm; 16.60 g

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Crane Chadbourne

Reference Number

1940.10

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