, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of
II was daughter, wife and mother of emperors and empresses. When she gave birth to the first of many children she was given the title of Augusta, which for a time made her superior in rank to her husband. She was a devoted wife and mother, and accompanied her husband on all his military campaigns.SH77013. , MA1697 var. (throne without canopy, and S C across ), MA1568 var. (same), 54-6a, 7, VF, dark green with touches of red, 23.644 g, maximum 29.5 mm, 30o, Rome mint, struck under , c. 175 - 176 A.D.; , draped right; , seated left on throne with canopy, holding , between two female attendants (carrying her throne?) with veils flying above their heads, S C in ; ex XIX, lot 578; ex A.K. Collection; ex 164 (Nov 1975), lot 1141; very variety; $2000.00 (€1780.00)
(Aphrodite) can be faulted for the Trojan War. Upset that she was not invited to a wedding, she went anyway and maliciously left a golden inscribed "For the fairest" on the banquet table. The goddesses, as Aphrodite expected, argued who was the rightful possessor of this prize. It was determined the most handsome mortal in the world, a noble Trojan youth named , would decide. Each of the three finalists offered a bribe. promised he would rule the world. said she would make him victorious in battle. Aphrodite guaranteed the love of the most beautiful woman in the world. This was Helen, who was married to the of Sparta. awarded the golden to Aphrodite. Aphrodite enabled to elope with Helen, Helen of Troy. Helen's husband raised a Greek army to retrieve his wife, starting the Trojan War.SH73705. , AP1388b; AP2147; p. 300, 30; 268; 4720, VF, nice , , , 24.039 g, maximum 35.1 mm, 180o, Rome mint, struck under , 148 - 152 A.D.; FAVSTINAE AVG , draped right with bare, hair waived and coiled tied with double band of pearls on back of ; , standing half left, in right hand, grounded rudder in left hand, coiled around rudder, low across ; $550.00 (€489.50)
In Roman religion, was the goddess of agreement, understanding, and marital harmony. The cult of Augusta ("Majestic Harmony") was of special importance to the imperial household. She is usually depicted wearing a long cloak and holding a (sacrificial ), a (symbol of prosperity), or a (symbol of peace).RB26685. , AP1368, AP2198, 50, 22, 4710, VF, 19.689 g, maximum 31.5 mm, 0o, Rome mint, struck under , 157 - 161 A.D.; FAVSTINA , draped right, hair wavy and drawn back into at back; , standing left, in extended right, in left hand, across below center; $400.00 (€356.00)
was the chief female divinity in the Roman . She was the wife of and a member of the Capitoline Triad. She had many different aspects, such as , and , but here she is depicted as , "Juno the Queen." is usually shown holding a , or a statuette of , and is often accompanied by a .RS74400. Silver , p. 399, MA104; MA688; 120; 8; 5255, EF/VF, , excellent portrait, struck with a worn die, 3.550 g, maximum 17.4 mm, 0o, Rome mint, struck under , 161 - 175 A.D.; FAVSTINA , draped right, hair in a bun in back, no diadem or ; , standing left, veiled, in right hand, long vertical in left hand; at feet on left standing left; $185.00 (€164.65)
Uncirculated, bold, mint luster. Minted under her father, .RS77581. Silver , AP495a, 15, AP1099, 4700, EF, on , small edge cracks, strong flow lines, die wear, 2.977 g, maximum 18.0 mm, 180o, Rome mint, struck under , 157 - 161 A.D.; FAVSTINA , draped right with bare, hair waived and coiled on back of ; , standing slightly left, left, in right, resting left hand on set on helmet; $180.00 (€160.20)
was the Roman goddess of health. She was to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of , the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one 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.RS75220. Silver , p. 404, 148; 195; 5262; MA689 var. (no ); 8 var. (same), VF, excellent centering, , 2.655 g, maximum 17.8 mm, 0o, Rome mint, struck under , 161 - 175 A.D.; FAVSTINA , draped right, wearing and earring, bun in the back; , seated left, feeding snake rising up from , from in right hand, resting left elbow on throne, feet on footstool; $150.00 (€133.50)
in a dream first saw with the weapons of as and made her his personal patroness. In the night before the battle of 48 B.C. Pompey dreamed of - seemingly a lucky sign. sacrificed to , but issued as watchword 'Venus Victrix', and defeated Pompey!RB77309. Bronze as (or ), AP1389a, AP2202, 17, 4721, -, VF, nice portrait, nice dark green , on a , some light corrosion, 11.868 g, maximum 26.3 mm, 195o, Rome mint, struck under , 157 - 161 A.D.; FAVSTINA , draped right, hair in waves and bun at the back; , standing slightly left, left, offering wreath in her extended right hand, left hand on set on a helmet, flanking across lower half of ; $100.00 (€89.00)
Lucifer means lightbringer, from the Latin lux light and ferre to bear or bring. The word Lucifer is found in only one place in the Bible -- Isaiah 14:12 -- but only in the James and related versions: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! The James Version is based on the Vulgate, the Latin translation of Jerome. Jerome translated the Hebrew helel (bright or brilliant one) as lucifer, which was a reasonable Latin equivalent. And yet it is this lucifer, the bright one or lightbearer, that came to be understood by so many as the name for Satan, Lord of Darkness.
RB78077. , MA1629, 87, MA897, 25, -, F, , , corrosion, rough areas, , 22.960 g, maximum 31.8 mm, 0o, Rome mint, struck under , 161 - 175 A.D.; FAVSTINA , draped right, hair wavy and drawn back into at back; , standing slightly left, left, flaming torch held transverse left in both , flanking across below center; big 32mm brass!; $90.00 (€80.10)
, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Provincial Bronze
A occurs when a blank is struck with a previously struck coin which adhered to the opposite die.
Click here to read a detailed explanation.ER62241. Bronze AE 26, , aVF, 10.874 g, maximum 25.5 mm, Provincial mint, ΦAVCTEINA - CEBACTH, draped right, hair in bun behind; of the ; $70.00 (€62.30)
was the chief female divinity in the Roman . She was the wife of and a member of the Capitoline Triad. She had many different aspects, such as , and , but here she is depicted as , "Juno the Queen." is usually shown holding a , or a statuette of , and is often accompanied by a .
RB78070. , MA1645, 121, MA915, 45, 5276 var. ( ), F, chipped glossy green , corrosion, 23.811 g, maximum 30.9 mm, 0o, Rome mint, struck under , 161 - 175 A.D.; FAVSTINA , draped right, wearing double band of pearls, hair waived and fastened in low at the back of ; , standing facing, left, in right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, at feet left, across at center; from the Butte College Foundation, ex ; $45.00 (€40.05)
The origin and purpose of the bronze "limes" is uncertain. They may have been a token currency used only along the borders of the Empire. They may have been illegal counterfeits with a now long gone thin silver wash.
BB77890. Bronze , cf. p. 401, MA120; 139; MA696; 12; 5256 (silver, Rome mint), F, , rough dark green , some corrosion, 2.601 g, maximum 18.5 mm, 180o, uncertain mint, struck under , 161 - 175 A.D.; FAVSTINA , draped right, wearing a double strand pearl diadem, hair in a bun at the back; , standing left, veiled, in right hand, long vertical in left hand, at feet on left standing left; from the Butte College Foundation, ex ; $29.00 (€25.81)
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