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Ancient Coinage of Thrace, Madytos


Madytus was the port at which Xerxes disembarked his army when he invaded Greece: the symbols on the coins represent its maritime situation (fish), the worship of Dionysos and Demeter (vine leaf, kantharos, grain ear). The dog could refer to Hecuba, who threw herself into the sea from nearby and was transformed into a dog.

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BMC 1Madytos, Thrace. ca 350 BC. AE19mm. Bull butting left; fish above / MAΔY, dog sitting right; upright grain ear behind. BMC 1; Borrell 1 in NC. 1840.TextImage
CNG 64, 144Madytos, Thrace. ca 350 BC. AE12, 1.57 g. Bull butting left, kanatharos above / MAΔY, dog sitting right; upright grain ear behind. Apparently unpublished with kantharos. CNG 64, 144.TextImage
CNG 76, 212Madytos, Thrace. ca 350 BC. AE11, 1.8 g. Bull butting left, no symbol above / MAΔY, dog sitting right; upright grain ear behind. Borrell 2 var (symbol behind dog); CNG 76, 212.TextImage
CNG 91, 86Madytos, Thrace. ca 350 BC. AR triobol, 12mm, 2.20 g. Bull butting right, bunch of grapes on a vine above / MAΔY, dog sitting right; vine leaf behind. Unpublished silver issue from this town. CNG 91, 86.TextImage
Paris 1892Madytos, Thrace. ca 350 BC. AE19mm. Bull butting left; grain ear above / MAΔY, dog sitting right; upright grain ear behind. Paris 1892; BMC 1 var (symbol). TextImage
See also: Search for Madytos at CoinArchives.com
Entry for Madytos on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Madytus in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum
Search for Madytus in the RPC IV (Antonines) database at the Ashmolean Museum

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