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Hera or Juno

Queen of the Gods, and the goddess of marriage and motherhood. Symbols are the peacock and the cow. Daughter of Kronus and Rhea. Wife and sister of Zeus.


Roman Republic, L. Procilius L.f., 80 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Sospita was a surname of Juno in Latium, Her most famous temple was at Lanuvium. She also had a two temples at Rome. Her statue, as described by Cicero, was covered with a goat skin. This statue may be the one now at the Vatican. Her attribute is the serpent, which inhabited a grotto near her temple, and was fed annually by a young girl, who, if a virgin, escaped unharmed, but if not was destroyed.
RR68924. Silver denarius serratus, SRCV I 307, Sydenham 772, Crawford 379/2, RSC I Procilia 2, gVF, weight 3.868 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, Italian mint, 80 B.C.; obverse head of Juno Sospita clad in goat skin right, S C (senatus consulto - authorized by special decree of the Senate) behind; reverse Juno Sospita in a biga right, brandishing spear and holding shield, snake below, L.PROCILI.F in ex; $250.00 (187.50)

Trebonianus Gallus, June or July 251 - July or August 253 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Juno was the patron deity of Trebonianus Gallus.
SH66386. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 110a corr. (peacock), Banti 14 corr. (same), Cohen 50, VF, nice patina, attractive style, weight 13.008 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 251 - 253 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES C VIBIVS TREBONIANVS GALLVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse IVNONI MARTIALIS, Shrine of Juno Martialis: domed, distyle rotunda with Corinthian columns, garlands hanging below dome; statue of Juno seated facing within holding two stalks of grain in extended right; ex Triskeles Auction, lot 164, auction 2 (25 Apr 2013); $190.00 (142.50)

Roman Republic, Cn. Cornelius Blasio Cn.f., 112 - 111 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Crawford notes this type was issued with 12 different symbol pairs (e.g., the wreath and Y are always paired), each used for one month of the year.

In 112 B.C. Numidian king Jugurtha declared war on Rome, and in the following year he allegedly bribed the Consul sent against him - igniting a huge scandal.
RR66888. Silver denarius, Crawford 296/1e, BMCRR Italy 629, Sydenham 561b, RSC I Cornelia 19, SRCV I 173, VF, flat strike, banker, weight 3.670 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 112 - 111 B.C.; obverse CN BLASIO CN F (upwards on right), helmeted head of Mars right, X above, wreath (control symbol) behind; reverse Jupiter standing facing, long scepter in right, thunderbolt in left, flanked by Juno on left, and Minerva on right, Minerva crowning Jupiter with wreath, Y (control letter) between Jupiter and Minerva, ROMA in ex; scarce; $170.00 (127.50)

Thermae Himerenses, Sicily, c. 407 - 370 B.C.
Click for a larger photo In 409 B.C., the Carthaginians under the command of Hannibal, conquered Himera, crucified three hundred of its leading men and obliterated the town. The site has been desolate ever since. The few surviving Greeks were settled by the Carthaginians eleven kilometers west of Himera at Thermae Himeraeae (Termini Imerese today). Thermae was the birthplace of Agathocles.

Herakles was named in honor of his stepmother Hera, but she was his enemy. She even tried to prevent his birth by tying his mother's legs in knots and to kill him as an infant with two serpents. After Hera drove him mad, Hercules slew his own six sons. She made almost all of Herakles' twelve labors more difficult. Hera later befriended Herakles for saving her from Porphyrion, a giant who tried to rape her. She even gave her daughter Hebe to him as his bride.
GB70605. Bronze AE 15, Calciati I p. 119, 13; BMC Sicily p. 83, 3; SNG ANS 190; SNG Cop -, VF, weight 3.800 g, maximum diameter 15.2 mm, die axis 180o, Thermai mint, c. 407 - 370 B.C.; obverse head of Hera right wearing stephane; reverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion's head headdress; $160.00 (120.00)

Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Tomis, Moesia Inferior
Click for a larger photo Hera was the wife and older sister of Zeus. She was a goddess of women and marriage. The cow and the peacock were sacred to her.
RP48668. Bronze 4 assaria, AMNG I/II 3390, SNG Stancomb -, VF, weight 12.487 g, maximum diameter 27.6 mm, die axis 190o, Tomis mint, obverse AYT K M ANT ΓOP∆IANOC AYΓ, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse MHTPO ΠONTOY TOMEΩC, Hera standing half left, patera in right, scepter in left, ∆ left; nice portrait; $155.00 (116.25)

Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo This type is from a series of tetradrachms depicting and naming a variety of Greek deities; issued to commemorate Nero's sojourn in Greece in 67 - 68 A.D.
RX59016. Billon tetradrachm, RPC I 5315, BMC Alexandria 133, Geissen 200, VF, weight 13.002 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 67 - 9 Jun 68 A.D.; obverse NEPΩ KΛAY KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP AY LI∆, radiate bust left wearing aegis; reverse HPA APΓEIA, veiled bust of Hera Argeia right, wearing stephane, star in front; $135.00 (101.25)

Julia Mamaea, Augusta 13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.
Click for a larger photo On 11 March 222, Elagabalus was assassinated, along with his mother, Julia Soaemias, by the Praetorian Guard. Their mutilated bodies were dragged through the streets of Rome before being thrown into the Tiber. Severus Alexander succeeded Elagabalus. He was only 13 years old, his mother, Julia Avita Mamaea, governed the Roman Empire with the help of Domitius Ulpianus and a council of 16 senators.
RS67489. Silver denarius, RIC IV 343, RSC III 35, BMCRE VI 43, SRCV II 8212, VF, toned, weight 2.552 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 11 March - 31 Dec 222 A.D.; obverse IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right; reverse IVNO CONSERVATRIX, Juno standing half left, veiled, patera in right, long scepter vertical behind in left, peacock right at feet on left; $130.00 (97.50)

Julia Mamaea, Augusta 13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.
Click for a larger photo On 11 March 222, Elagabalus was assassinated, along with his mother, Julia Soaemias, by the Praetorian Guard. Their mutilated bodies were dragged through the streets of Rome before being thrown into the Tiber. Severus Alexander succeeded Elagabalus. He was only 13 years old, his mother, Julia Avita Mamaea, governed the Roman Empire with the help of Domitius Ulpianus and a council of 16 senators.
RS59854. Silver denarius, RIC IV 343, RSC III 35, BMCRE VI 43, SRCV II 8212, gVF, well centered, weight 2.894 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 30o, Rome mint, 11 March - 31 Dec 222 A.D.; obverse IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right; reverse IVNO CONSERVATRIX, Juno standing half left, veiled, patera in right, long scepter vertical behind in left, peacock right at feet on left; $130.00 (97.50)

Chalkis, Euboia, Greece, c. 290 - 271 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Khalks, also Chalkis or Chalcis, is a city in eastern Greece, capital of the Aegean island department of Euboea (vvoia), on the strait of Evripos near Athens. The ancient city, inhabited by Ionians, was an important commercial and industrial center. In the 8th and 7th centuries BC, Khalks was a base for the establishment of colonies in Macedonia (there giving its name to the peninsula of Chalcidice) and in Sicily. It was successively thereafter an Athenian, a Macedonian, and a Roman possession. -- www.greatestcities.com
GB67799. Bronze AE 14, BCD Euboia 183, Picard Emission 31, SNG Cop 443, SGCV I 2488, VF, some corrosion, weight 1.877 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 270o, Chalkis mint, c. 290 - 271 B.C.; obverse head of Hera facing slightly to right, wearing necklace and diadem decorated with discs and dangling ribbons; reverse eagle flying right, carrying snake in its talons and beak, star above, X−AΛ counterclockwise from lower left; $125.00 (93.75)

Roman Republic, L. Procilius L.f., 80 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Sospita was a surname of Juno in Latium, Her most famous temple was at Lanuvium. She also had a two temples at Rome. Her statue, as described by Cicero, was covered with a goat skin. This statue may be the one now at the Vatican. Her attribute is the serpent, which inhabited a grotto near her temple, and was fed annually by a young girl, who, if a virgin, escaped unharmed, but if not was destroyed.
RR90944. Silver denarius serratus, SRCV I 307, Sydenham 772, Crawford 379/2, RSC I Procilia 2, F, flan crack, corrosion, encrustations, banker's marks, coppery areas, weight 3.877 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Italian mint, 80 B.C.; obverse head of Juno Sospita clad in goat skin right, S C (senatus consulto - authorized by special decree of the Senate) behind; reverse Juno Sospita in a biga right, brandishing spear and holding shield, snake below, L.PROCILI.F in ex; $125.00 (93.75)



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