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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.

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, GŲbl 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 SALE PRICE $63.00

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 SALE PRICE $54.00

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior

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The first of Herakles' twelve labors, set by King Eurystheus (his cousin), was to slay the Nemean lion and bring back its skin. It could not be killed with mortal weapons because its golden fur was impervious to attack. Its claws were sharper than swords and could cut through any armor. Herakles stunned the beast with his club and, using his immense strength, strangled it to death. During the fight the lion bit off one of his fingers. After slaying the lion, he tried to skin it with a knife from his belt, but failed. Wise Athena, noticing the hero's plight, told him to use one of the lion's own claws to skin the pelt.
RP67903. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis, AMNG I/I 1389, Varbanov I 2347, Moushmov 1010, BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, aVF, weight 3.725 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, die axis 225o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AV K Λ C CEVHPOC, laureate bust right; reverse NIKOΠOΛI ΠPOC I, Herakles standing left, strangling the Nemean lion; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00



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