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« on: May 13, 2019, 12:17:43 pm »

Dear cf,

Here's a very rare variant, only one other Asclepius with an olive branch/tree
https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/4/217/

not sure what is the link with him and olive



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Emmett 918.19; RPC III, 5959.3 = Dattari-Savio Pl. 76, 1624 (this coin). Dattari 1624 and Pl. X (this rev. illustrated).

Issue   L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ = year 19

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ - ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from rear

Rev. L ENNEAK Δ
Asclepius standing facing head right, holding long serpent-staff, holding olive-branch

25.18 gr
33.5 mm

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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2019, 02:52:28 pm »

Great find, EricThumbs Up

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2019, 12:06:18 am »

Hi oki,

Nice coin! Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2019, 09:42:56 am »

Thank you coin friends the olive branch must be an engravers error?
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2019, 07:52:50 pm »

This could be a healing plant; he is credited with discovering the supposed healing virtues of betony.
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2019, 01:58:53 am »

This could be a healing plant; he is credited with discovering the supposed healing virtues of betony.

yes a good point, or healing oil
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2019, 07:35:54 am »

Maybe more to the point than my previous note, Asclepius is a herbalist founder-figure (inventor herbarum) in many ancient contexts; on your outstanding coin, he is holding not one but two ID'ing attributes, both the standard serpent-staff and (let's say) a generic healing herb. We find him with a sprig on similar rare coin (https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/4/7314/) and his daughter Hygieia with a similar branch on another rare issue from Egypt (https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/4/15846/). The RPC coin that you previously cite seems to add Ceres' poppy for good measure; opium poppies are potent herbs, too, fitting features of Asclepius' repertoire.  
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