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Asclepius is the god of medicine and healing in ancient Greek mythology. Asclepius represents the healing aspect of the medical arts, while his daughters Hygieia, Meditrina, Iaso, Aceso, Agla, and Panacea (literally, "all-healing") symbolize the forces of cleanliness, medicine, and healing, respectively.

Larissa, Thessaly, Greece, c. 440 - 375 B.C.

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The name Larissa is in origin a Pelasgian (pre-Greek) word for "fortress." There were many ancient Greek cities with this name. The name of Thessalian Larissa is first recorded in connection with the aristocratic Aleuadai family. Larissa is thought to be where the famous Greek physician Hippocrates and the famous philosopher Gorgias of Leontini died.
GS77554. Silver trihemiobol, BCD Thessaly 1120, Trait 690 and pl. CCXCVII 23, SNG Cop -, BMC Thessaly -, aVF, weight 0.893 g, maximum diameter 12.3 mm, Larissa mint, c. 440 - 400 B.C.; obverse a bull's hoof with bone, laying on a small round dish or shield with a dotted edge, all within an outer dotted boarder; reverse diademed bust of Asklepios right, with long beard, drapery on his left shoulder, erect curving snake with head right before him, ΛAPI upward behind; very rare; $375.00 (333.75)

Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior

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Nicopolis ad Istrum was founded by Trajan around 101 - 106, at the junction of the Iatrus (Yantra) and the Rositsa rivers, in memory of his victory over the Dacians. Its ruins are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. The town reached its peak during the reigns of Trajan, Hadrian, the Antonines and the Severan dynasty.
RP77044. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis (R3), Moushmov 1124, Varbanov I -, AMNG I/I -, aVF, centered, green patina, light corrosion, left side of flan ragged, weight 2.476 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 0o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, 28 Jan 198 - 8 Apr 217 A.D.; obverse AY K M A− ANTΩNIN, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC I, tetrastyle temple of Asklepios, cult statue within, pellet in pediment; scarce; $100.00 (89.00)

Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

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The Greeks and Romans did not view snakes as evil creatures but rather as symbols and tools for healing and fertility. Asclepius, the son of Apollo and Koronis, learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.
RB63743. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 2523, RIC V 258, BnF XII - (noted p. 389), Hunter IV -, Venra Hoard -, aVF, well centered on a ragged flan, flan cracks, weight 3.019 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 0o, Serdica (Sofia, Bulgaria) mint, emission 1, phase 1, summer 271 A.D.; obverse IMP C D AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONSERVATOR AVG, Aesculapius standing facing, head left, leaning on staff entwined with snake in right hand, SERD in exergue; scarce; $75.00 (66.75)

Pergamon, Mysia, c. 200 - 133 B.C.

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Pergamon, Mysia was located to the northwest of the modern city of Bergama, Turkey, 16 miles (26 km) from the Aegean Sea on a promontory on the north side of the Caicus (Bakircay) River. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon under the Attalid dynasty, 281-133 B.C. Pergamon is cited in the book of Revelation as one of the seven churches of Asia.
GB77993. Bronze AE 21, SNG BnF 1870, BMC Mysia p. 128, 144; SNG Cop 379 var. (ΣEΛEYKOY below on obv.), gF, dark patina with brassy high points, top of eagle's head off flan, weight 7.668 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 0o, Pergamon mint, c. 200 - 133 B.C.; obverse laureate and bearded head of Asklepios right, no inscription; reverse eagle standing half-left on thunderbolt, wings open, head right, Π−EP/Γ−A/MHNΩN in three lines beginning above and ending in exergue; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; scarce; $38.00 (33.82)

Philip II, July or August 247 - Late 249 A.D., Tomis, Moesia Inferior

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Tomis was founded by Greek colonists on the shore of the Black Sea around 600 B.C. for trade with the local Getic population. The Roman poet Ovid was banished by Augustus to Tomis in 8 A.D. and died there eight years later. By his account, Tomis was "a town located in a war-stricken cultural wasteland on the remotest margins of the empire." Constanta Romania today, the city was renamed to honor Constantine the Great.
RP63347. Bronze tetrassaria, Varbanov I 5787 (R4), AMNG I/II 3598, Moushmov 2310, SNG BM -, SNG Stancomb -, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, SGICV -, aF, a little rough, light corrosion and encrustation, flan crack, centration dimples, weight 10.13 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 180o, Tomis (Constanta, Romania) mint, as caesar, Feb/Mar 244 - July/Aug 247 A.D.; obverse MAP IOYΛIOC ΦIΛIΠΠOC, KAICAP (ending below busts), bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Philip II right (on left), confronting draped bust of Serapis left, with kalathos on head (on right); reverse MHTPO ΠONTOY TOMEΩC, Asclepius standing facing, head left, snake entwined staff in right hand, left hand on hip; rare; $29.00 (25.81)


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