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The Trojan War on Ancient Coin

Homolion, Magnesia, Thessaly, Greece, Mid 4th Century B.C.

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Homolion was at the foot of Mount Homole but its exact location is still unknown. On the way to Troy, Philoktetes, the king of Homolion and the surrounding area, was bitten by a snake. The stench of his festering wound was so bad that Odysseus and his other companions stranded him on the island of Lemnos. Later they learned from prophesy that they could not take Troy without the bow and arrows of Herakles, which Philoktetes possessed. Odysseus and a group of men rushed back to Lemnos to recover Heracles' weapons. Surprised to find the him alive, the Greeks balked on what to do next. Odysseus tricked the weaponry away from Philoktetes, but Diomedes refused to take the weapons without the man. Herakles came down from Olympus and told Philoktetes to go, that he would be healed and win great honor as a hero. Outside Troy a son of Asclepius healed his wound. Philoktetes was among those chosen to hide inside the Trojan Horse, and during the sack of the city he killed many famed Trojans.
GB85920. Bronze trichalkon, BCD Thessaly II 91 (same dies), Rogers 259, SNG Cop 73 var. (T behind head on obv.), HGC 4 87 (S), BCD Thessaly I -, BMC Thessaly -, VF, well centered and struck, dark patina, marks, corrosion, weight 10.111 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 270o, Homolion (near Omolio, Larissa, Greece) mint, mid 4th century B.C.; obverse head of Philoktetes left, bearded, wearing pilos; reverse OMOΛ-IEΩN (clockwise starting at 9:00), coiled serpent, erect head right, behind his head a small bunch of grapes; ex BCD Collection with his tag; ex Munzhandlung Ritter list 65 (Mar 2004), lot 614 (€140); very rare this nice; $140.00 (Ä119.00)


Lucilla, Augusta c. 164 - 182 A.D., Wife of Lucius Verus

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The story of Commodus and Lucilla in the movie Gladiator was not historically accurate but the characters were based, in part, on the real emperor and his sister. Lucilla did plot to assassinate her brother Commodus and the plot did fail. Commodus actually did fight as a gladiator. But Maximus, entirely fictional, was not there to save Lucilla. Commodus won every time. Lucilla was banished to Capri and executed a year later.
RB85886. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III MA1767, Cohen III 77, BMCRE IV MA1172, MIR 19, Hunter II 40, SRCV II 5507, aVF/aF, nice portrait, scratches, porosity, weight 24.940 g, maximum diameter 30.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 164 - 166 A.D.; obverse LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F, draped bust right, hair waived and knotted low at back in chignon; reverse VENVS, Venus standing half left, apple in extended right hand, drawing drapery from her shoulder with her left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; scarce; $100.00 (Ä85.00)


Roman Republic, C. Sulpicius C. f. Galba, 106 B.C.

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Crawford interprets this type as Aeneas landing in Lanuvium (home of Sulpicia gens) with the Penates and the subsequent miracle of the white sow that foretold the founding of Alba Longa. (David Sear, RCV 2000
RR17700. Silver denarius serratus, RSC I Sulpicia 1, S 189, Crawford 312/1, Sydenham 572, VF, weight 3.863 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, 106 B.C.; obverse conjoined heads of the Dei Penates left, D P P before; reverse the Dei Penates standing facing, each holding spear and pointing at sow which lies between them, N above, C SVLPICI C F in exergue; two light scratches on reverse; SOLD







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