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Panthers on Ancient Coins

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.|, |as|
The title of Dii Auspices (the gods-protectors) was given to the deities in general, and to each of them in particular, acknowledging their special protection, and sacrifices were offered to them accordingly. This legend and type help confirm what Dion states, that Severus built a grand temple to honor Hercules and Bacchus. When Septimius Severus advanced into the East against Pescennius Niger, he chose Hercules and Bacchus as his patrons, probably because ancient traditions designated the two as the first conquerors of that region.
RB95802. Copper as, RIC IV 666, BMCRE V 501, Cohen IV 117, Hunter III -, VF, nice coin, attractive brown-green patina, excellent portrait and reverse style, tight flan, areas of porosity, weight 11.884 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 194 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP II, laureate head right; reverse DIS AVSPICIB TR P II COS II P P, Hercules and Bacchus (Liber) standing slightly left, side by side, nude, heads left, Hercules with the Nemean Lion's skin on his left arm and resting his right hand on his grounded club, Bacchus holds a cantharus in his right hand and rests his left on a thyrsus, a panther sits left at his feet, S C in exergue; ex Leu Numismatik web auction 8 (29-30 Jun 2019), lot 1180; ex Kress sale 116 (28 Oct 1960), lot 959; rare; $700.00 SALE |PRICE| $630.00

Roman Bronze Vessel Handle, Ornamented With Bacchus and a Panther, c. 1st Century A.D.

|Roman| |Antiquities|, |Roman| |Bronze| |Vessel| |Handle,| |Ornamented| |With| |Bacchus| |and| |a| || |Panther,| |c.| |1st| |Century| |A.D.|,
The Panther was the companion of Bacchus. The grapevine and its wild barren alter-ego, the toxic ivy plant, were both sacred to him. This handle was once attached to vessel used for serving or drinking wine.
AI30971. height 8.0 cm (3"), excellent condition with a nice green patina, bronze vessel handle ornamented with a facing young head of Bacchus wearing an ivy wreath in his long flowing hair, panther skin tied at neck, the curving handle ends with a panther head; $350.00 SALE |PRICE| $315.00

Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

|Gallienus|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
The obverse legend translates Libero Patri Conservatori Augusti, which identifies Liber Pater, a panther sacred to Bacchus, as a protector of the emperor. Gallienus also identified Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, and others on coins as his protectors.
RA93320. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 713b, RIC V-1 S230, Hunter IV 116, Cohen V 586, SRCV III 10281, Normanby -, gVF, nice portrait, well centered, dark patina with copper high points, tight flan, ragged edge cracks/splits, weight 1.895 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 300o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, 267 - 268 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right; reverse LIBERO P CONS AVG, panther walking left, B in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00

Philadelphia, Lydia, 193 - 211 A.D.

|Philadelphia|, |Philadelphia,| |Lydia,| |193| |-| |211| |A.D.|, |AE| |21|NEW
Philadelphia, located south-east of Sardeis, was founded by Attalos II Philadelphos, King of Pergamon. It was an important and wealthy trade center that retained its importance until late Byzantine times. Saint Paul and Saint John the Theologian, visited, and established the first Christian churches. St. Ignatius of Antioch visited on his trip to his martyrdom in Rome. Philadelphia is among the Seven Churches named in John's Book of Revelation.
MA92864. Bronze AE 21, GRPC Lydia III Philadelphia 67; BMC Lydia p. 192, 33; Bernhart Dionysos 138; Gokyildirim Istanbul 354; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; Imhoof-Blumer Lydien -, Choice VF, brown tone, slight roughness, tiny edge cracks, weight 4.398 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 180o, Lydia, Philadelphia (Alasehir, Turkey) mint, 193 - 211 A.D.; obverse ΦIΛA∆EΛΦIA, turreted and draped bust of Tyche of Philadelphia right; reverse EΠI ∆OK-IMOY A (archon Dokimos), Dionysos standing facing, nude, head left, pouring wine from kantharos in right hand over panther left at his feet on left, thyrsos in left hand; $60.59 (55.74)

Severus Alexander and Julia Mamaea, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior

|Marcianopolis|, |Severus| |Alexander| |and| |Julia| |Mamaea,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.,| |Marcianopolis,| |Moesia| |Inferior|, |pentassarion|NEW
After her nephew Caracalla was murdered, Julia Maesa successfully used her ample funds to plot the overthrow the usurper Macrinus and place her grandson Elagabalus on the throne. The teenager was a disaster as emperor, scorning Roman values with religious and sexual scandals. She cleverly convinced Elagabalus to adopt her other grandson, Alexander, as his heir. Shortly after Elagabalus and his mother were murdered by the Praetorian Guard, dragged through the streets and thrown into the Tiber. Through it all, Maesa held the power behind the throne.
MA92891. Bronze pentassarion, H-J Marcianopolis (R6), Varbanov 1824 (R5), Moushmov 740, AMNG I -, BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, Mionnet -, Mionnet Supp. -, F, well centered on a tight flan, brown tone with areas of thin green patina and brassy high points, central depressions, weight 12.231 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 45o, Markianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria) mint, Umbrius Terebentinus, 225 - 229 A.D.; obverse AYT K M AYP CEVH ALEXANDROC IOYΛIA MAMAIA, confronting busts of Elagabalus, on left, laureate and draped, and Julia Maesa, on right, diademed and draped; reverse HΓ OVM TEPEBENTINOV MAPKIANOΠOΛEI,TΩN (OV ligate, TΩN in exergue), Dionysos standing facing, head left, nude but for boots and chlamys over left arm, pouring wine from kantharos with right hand, thyrsus in left hand, panther left at feet on left, E (mark of value) right; only two sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives for the last two decades, this is the first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; scarce; $25.25 (23.23)


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