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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ Themes & Provenance ▸ MythologyView Options:  |  |  |     

Mythology and the Ancient Gods

Many ancient coins depict the gods and goddesses of the Greeks, Romans and other ancient cultures. Collecting as many different gods and goddesses as possible is a fun, educational and affordable collecting theme. Every ancient gods and goddesses has their mythical function, biography, lineage and other facts and fictions that make them interesting. Here we will present as many different gods and goddesses as we can and provide some of the stories about them that fascinate us. We hope they fascinate you too.

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

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Herakles' fourth labor was to capture the giant fear-inspiring Erymanthian Boar that lived on Mount Erymanthos in the primitive highlands of Arcadia. The centaur Chiron advised Herakles to drive the boar into thick snow. Herakles caught the boar and carried it back to Eurystheus, who was frightened, hid and begged Herakles to get rid of the beast. Three days later, Eurystheus, still trembling with fear, sent Herakles to clean the Augean stables.
RB65623. Copper quadrans, RIC II 702 var, BMCRE III 1062 var, Cohen II 341 var, SRCV II 3248 var (all refs Hercules is diademed, not laureate), VF, green patina with some edge flaking, weight 1.454 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 101 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES TRAIAN AVG GERM, laureate bust Hercules right, Nemean lion skin tied around his neck; reverse Erymanthian Boar walking right, S C in exergue; scarce; $70.00 (60.90)

Valerian II, Caesar, Early 256 - 258 A.D.

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The infant Jupiter was suckled by the goat Amaltheia on Mount Ida.
RA65665. Silver antoninianus, Gbl MIR 907e, SRCV III 10731, RIC V 3 (Lugdunum), RSC IV 26, aVF, centered, weak strike, coppery spots, weight 3.388 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 180o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne) mint, 1st emission, 257 - 258 A.D.; obverse VALERIANVS CAES, radiate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse IOVI CRESCENTI, child Jupiter riding right on goat, looking back, raising right hand; $70.00 (60.90)

Pelinna, Thessaly, Greece, c. 425 - 300 B.C.

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Daphne and Manto were the daughters of Teiresias, the blind Theban Prophet. He gave birth to Daphne during seven years when he was a woman and sired Manto after he was a man again. Daphne and Manto were taken captive when Thebes fell during the generation before Troy. Manto was sent to Ionia where she married Rhacius, King of Caria, by whom she had Mopsus - said to be the son of Apollo. Daphne remained a virgin and was sent to Delphi where she became the Sibyl.

There were some Apollonians who claimed it was Manto who was sent to Delphi and she changed her name to Daphne. This contradicts the myths that Daphne spurned Apollo's love, and Mopsus was the son of Apollo and Manto.

GB70096. Bronze chalkous, BCD Thessaly 1231, BCD Thessaly II 531, SNG Cop 188, Rogers 429, aVF, corrosion, weight 2.378 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 180o, Pelinna mint, c. 425 - 300 B.C.; obverse horseman prancing left, wearing petasos, chlamys flying behind; reverse ΠEΛINNAIΩN, Manto standing right, draped and veiled, holding an open box; $60.00 (52.20)



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