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Cocks and Hens on Ancient Coins

Roman, Bronze Handle, 4th - 5th Century A.D.

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The style exhibits central European influence, perhaps Gaul, Goth or Germanic.
AA59778. Roman bronze handle, 1.7 inches; terminus in the form of a bird with detail on both sides, nice; from an New Jersey collection, $195.00 (Ä173.55)


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

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A temple of MÍn has been excavated at Antioch, Pisidia. Luna, the Greek moon-goddess, was female, which seems natural because the female menstrual cycle follows the lunar month. But MÍn was a male moon-god, probably originally of the indigenous non-Greek Karian people. By Roman times, MÍn was worshiped across Anatolia and in Attica. He was associated with fertility, healing, and punishment. MÍn is usually depicted with a crescent moon behind his shoulders, wearing a Phrygian cap, and holding a lance or sword in one hand and a pine-cone or patera in the other. His other attributes include the bucranium and cock.
RP79936. Bronze AE 23, Krzyzanowska, group A, XIX/25; SNGvA 4927; Lindgren-Kovacs 1205; BMC Lycia p. 180, 22; SNG Cop -, VF, nice green patina, brassy high points, weight 5.406 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, Antiocheia mint, obverse IMP SEP SEV PERT AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse ANTIOCH COLONIAE, MÍn standing facing, crescent on shoulders, head right, wearing Phrygian cap, left foot on bucranium, long scepter vertical in right hand, Nike in left hand, rooster left at feet behind; $120.00 (Ä106.80)


Cales, Campania, Italy, c. 265 - 240 B.C.

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The Romans captured Cales in 335 B.C. and established a colony in 334 with Latin rights of 2,500 citizens. It was an important base in the war against Hannibal. Before 184 B.C. more settlers were sent there. After the Social War it became a municipium. Its fertile territory and manufacture of black glazed pottery, which was even exported to Etruria, made it prosperous. Inscriptions name six gates of the town: and there are considerable remains of antiquity, especially of an amphitheater and theater, of a supposed temple, a Roman necropolis, and other edifices.
GB77978. Bronze AE 22, SNG Cop 322; SNG ANS 188; BMC Italy p. 80, 26; SGCV I 548; HN Italy 435, aVF, two flan splits, weight 6.326 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 225o, Cales (Calvi Risorta, Italy) mint, c. 265 - 240 B.C.; obverse head of Athena left in crested Corinthian helmet, border of dots; reverse cock standing right, star upper left, CALENΩ downward on right, border of dots; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; scarce; $100.00 (Ä89.00)







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