Friday, June 08, 2007
Æ20, Cyme in Aeolis, Gallienus, SNG Copenhagen 162
AK ΠO ΛIK ΓAΛΛIHNOC, Laureate draped cuirassed bust right | KV_MA_IΩ_N, Nude male figure standing right, holding globe in right hand and bridled horse with left.
The horse was a common emblem on coins of Cyme. I don't know if it symbolized a mounted person or god important to that city or if Cyme was noted for raising horses.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Silvered Æ antoninianus, Gallienus, Rome, Göbl 574w
GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate cuirassed bust right | ABVNDANTIA AVG, Abundantia standing right, emptying cornucopia right. B in left field.
Portrait of the Emperor as a young man.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
DIVO ROMVLO N V BIS CONS, Bare head right, wearing necklace | AETERNAE MEMORIAE, Eagle standing right with wings spread on domed shrine, no columns, right door ajar. MOSTS in exergue.
Valerius Romulus was the son of Maxentius and is remembered more for his domed tomb (seen on the reverse of this coin) than for any occurence in his short life.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Æ20, Ephesus in Ionia, Gallienus, SNG Copenhagen 528
AYT K ΠO ΛIK ΓAΛΛIHNOC, Laureate draped bust right | EΦEC_I_ΩN, Tyche standing left, holding rudder with right hand and cornucopia with left. Star in lower right field.
Another example from Ephesus which often used Tyche reverses and often used Artemis.)
Monday, June 04, 2007
Billon antoninianus, Salonina, Rome, Göbl 239b(1)
SALONINA AVG, Diademed draped bust right on crescent | VESTA, Vesta standing left, holding patera straight out in right hand and transverse scepter in left.
I don't, of course, know if this portrait is a particularly accurate picture of Salonina, but it does seem a more plausible picture of someone than the great majority of the coins of Salonina.