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Vejovis

Vejovis was a Roman god associated with healing and the Greek Asclepius but with other uncertain and mysterious attributes. He was worshipped mostly in Rome and at Bovillae in Latium. Depicted as a young man, holding a bunch of arrows, pilum, or fulmen in his hand, he was accompanied by a goat. To avert plagues, a she-goat was sacrificed to Vejovis each spring.


Roman Republic, Manius Fonteius C.f., c. 85 B.C.

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Vejovis is a little-known Italian deity. He was worshiped in a temple on the Capitol in Rome. The reverse most likely depicts a statue that was beside the statue of Vejovis in the temple. This statue may refer to the infancy of Jupiter who was suckled by the goat Amaltheia on Mount Ida.

The thyrsus is the staff carried by Bacchus and his associates; topped by a pine cone or a bunch of ivy leaves and wreathed with tendrils of vine or ivy.
RR34680. Silver denarius, RBW Collection 1352, Crawford 353/1d, Sydenham 724b, RSC I Fonteia 11, BMCRR I Rome 2481, SRCV I 271, EF, toned, weight 4.049 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 75o, Rome mint, c. 85 B.C.; obverse MN FONTEI C F (MN and NT ligate), laureate head of Vejovis right, thunderbolt below neck truncation, Roma monogram right; reverse Cupid seated on goat right, flanked by caps of the Dioscuri, thyrsus of Bacchus in exergue, all within laurel wreath; fabulous reverse, scarcer variety with the caps flanking the goat vice above; SOLD


Roman Republic, Manius Fonteius C.f., c. 85 B.C.

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Vejovis is a little-known Italian deity. He was worshiped in a temple on the Capitol in Rome. The reverse most likely depicts a statue that was beside the statue of Vejovis in the temple. This statue may refer to the infancy of Jupiter who was suckled by the goat Amaltheia on Mount Ida.

The thyrsus is the staff carried by Bacchus and his associates; topped by a pine cone or a bunch of ivy leaves and wreathed with tendrils of vine or ivy.
SH21107. Silver denarius, Crawford 353/1a, Sydenham 724, RSC I Fonteia 9, BMCRR I Rome 2476, RBW Collection 1350, SRCV I 271, gVF, toned, weight 3.735 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 85 B.C.; obverse MN FONTEI C F (MN and NT in monogram) downward behind, laureate head of Vejovis right, thunderbolt below neck truncation, Roma monogram below chin; reverse Cupid seated on goat right, caps of the Dioscuri above, thyrsus of Bacchus in exergue, all within laurel wreath; SOLD


Roman Republic, Lucius Caesius, 112 - 111 B.C.

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An Egyptian papyrus of 112 B.C. issues instructions to a local official in the Fayum for the visit of a Roman senator, Lucius Memmius. He was apparently visiting for pleasure, to see the sights, and was to receive a reception similar to that which would be given to a great dignitary of the kingdom. Everything was to be ready for his entertainment, including food for the sacred crocodiles. It is an incidental light upon the subservience to members of the Roman elite which it was now thought politic to show in the Ptolemaic Kingdom.
RR58546. Silver denarius, Crawford 298/1, Sydenham 564, RSC I Caesia 1, BMCRR Italy 585, RBW Collection 1140, SRCV I 175, VF, toned, weight 3.809 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 112 - 111 B.C.; obverse bust of Vejovis left, viewed from behind, wearing a taenia and a cloak over his left shoulder, hurling a thunderbolt with his right hand, ROMA monogram right; reverse the two Lares Praestites seated right, each holds long scepter in left hand, dog between them, head of Vulcan facing left and tongs above, LA (ligate) left, PRE (ligate) right, LCSI in exergue; SOLD


Roman Republic, C. Licinius L.f. Macer, 84 B.C.

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This moneyer wrote a history of Rome in sixteen volumes, of which only fragments exist today. He served as praetor in 68 B.C. but committed suicide several years later after he was accused of extortion.
RR54737. Silver denarius, Crawford 354/1, Sydenham 732, RSC I Licinia 16, BMCRR Rome 2467, RBW Collection 1355, SRCV I 274, VF, weight 3.860 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 84 B.C.; obverse diademed and cloaked bust of Apollo (or Vejovis) left, from behind, brandishing thunderbolt in right; reverse Minerva in quadriga right, spear in right hand, shield and reins in left, CLICINIVSLF / MACER in exergue; SOLD


Roman Republic, Manius Fonteius C.f., c. 85 B.C.

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Vejovis is a little-known Italian deity. He was worshiped in a temple on the Capitol in Rome. The reverse most likely depicts a statue that was beside the statue of Vejovis in the temple. This statue may refer to the infancy of Jupiter who was suckled by the goat Amaltheia on Mount Ida.

The thyrsus is the staff carried by Bacchus and his associates; topped by a pine cone or a bunch of ivy leaves and wreathed with tendrils of vine or ivy.
RR88392. Silver denarius, Crawford 353/1a, Sydenham 724, RSC I Fonteia 9, BMCRR I Rome 2476, RBW Collection 1350, SRCV I 271, VF, elegant style, light toning, scratches, some porosity, slight crease from scrape on reverse, weight 3.662 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 150o, Rome mint, c. 85 B.C.; obverse MN FONTEI C F (MN and NT in monogram) downward behind, laureate head of Vejovis right, thunderbolt below neck truncation, Roma monogram below chin; reverse Cupid seated on goat right, caps of the Dioscuri above, thyrsus of Bacchus in exergue, all within laurel wreath; SOLD


Roman Republic, Manius Fonteius C.f., c. 85 B.C.

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Vejovis is a little-known Italian deity. He was worshiped in a temple on the Capitol in Rome. The reverse most likely depicts a statue that was beside the statue of Vejovis in the temple. This statue may refer to the infancy of Jupiter who was suckled by the goat Amaltheia on Mount Ida.

The thyrsus is the staff carried by Bacchus and his associates; topped by a pine cone or a bunch of ivy leaves and wreathed with tendrils of vine or ivy.
RR37348. Silver denarius, Crawford 353/1c, Sydenham 724a, RSC I Fonteia 10, BMCRR I Rome 2478, RBW Collection 1351, SRCV I 271, VF, weight 3.855 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, c. 85 B.C.; obverse MN FONTEI C F (MN and NT ligate, C.F below chin), laureate head of Vejovis right, thunderbolt below neck truncation; reverse Cupid seated on goat right, caps of the Dioscuri above, thyrsus of Bacchus in exergue, all within laurel wreath; SOLD


Roman Republic, Lucius Caesius, 112 - 111 B.C.

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An Egyptian papyrus of 112 B.C. issues instructions to a local official in the Fayum for the visit of a Roman senator, Lucius Memmius. He was apparently visiting for pleasure, to see the sights, and was to receive a reception similar to that which would be given to a great dignitary of the kingdom. Everything was to be ready for his entertainment, including food for the sacred crocodiles. It is an incidental light upon the subservience to members of the Roman elite which it was now thought politic to show in the Ptolemaic Kingdom.
RR88447. Silver denarius, Crawford 298/1, Sydenham 564, RSC I Caesia 1, BMCRR Italy 585, RBW Collection 1140, SRCV I 175, VF, toned, some pitting, a few scratches, weight 3.724 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 112 - 111 B.C.; obverse bust of Vejovis left, viewed from behind, wearing a taenia and a cloak over his left shoulder, hurling a thunderbolt with his right hand, ROMA monogram right; reverse the two Lares Praestites seated right, each holds long scepter in left hand, dog between them, head of Vulcan facing left and tongs above, LA (ligate) left, PRE (ligate) right, LCSI in exergue; from the PJM Collection; ex CNG auction 419 (25 Apr 2018), lot 340; SOLD


Roman Republic, Anonymous (Mn. Fonteius C.f.), c. 85 B.C.

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Although this specific type is anonymous, other issues with the exact same obverse and reverse types from the same year provide the moneyer's name. Crawford suggests this and other "anonymous" types, struck in this period and marked to indicate they were made from the public silver, may have been struck using silver bequeathed to the Roman people by Ptolemy X Alexander of Egypt.
RR75816. Silver denarius, Crawford 353/2 Sydenham 726, RSC I Fonteia 12, BMCRR I Rome 2483, RBW Collection 1353, SRCV I 273, gVF, well centered, light toning, obverse die breaks, light scratches, weight 3.383 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 85 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Vejovis right, thunderbolt below neck truncation, EX A P (ex Argento Publico) downward behind, no moneyer's name; reverse Cupid seated on goat right, flanked by caps of the Dioscuri, thyrsus of Bacchus in exergue, all within laurel wreath; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; ex CNG e-auction 244 (10 Nov 2010), lot 383; SOLD


Roman Republic, Manius Fonteius C.f., c. 85 B.C.

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Vejovis is a little-known Italian deity. He was worshiped in a temple on the Capitol in Rome. The reverse most likely depicts a statue that was beside the statue of Vejovis in the temple. This statue may refer to the infancy of Jupiter who was suckled by the goat Amaltheia on Mount Ida.

The thyrsus is the staff carried by Bacchus and his associates; topped by a pine cone or a bunch of ivy leaves and wreathed with tendrils of vine or ivy.
RR75243. Silver denarius, Crawford 353/1a, Sydenham 724, RSC I Fonteia 9, BMCRR I Rome 2476, RBW Collection 1350, SRCV I 271, Choice aEF, well centered and struck, nicely toned, a few light scratches, weight 3.813 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 85 B.C.; obverse MN FONTEI C F (MN and NT in monogram) downward behind, laureate head of Vejovis right, thunderbolt below neck truncation, Roma monogram below chin; reverse Cupid seated on goat right, caps of the Dioscuri above, thyrsus of Bacchus in exergue, all within laurel wreath; ex Naville auction 9, lot 175, ex Tkalec sale 2006, 106, ex NAC 46 (April 2008), lot 369; SOLD


Roman Republic, Manius Fonteius C.f., c. 85 B.C.

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Vejovis is a little-known Italian deity. He was worshiped in a temple on the Capitol in Rome. The reverse most likely depicts a statue that was beside the statue of Vejovis in the temple. This statue may refer to the infancy of Jupiter who was suckled by the goat Amaltheia on Mount Ida.

The thyrsus is the staff carried by Bacchus and his associates; topped by a pine cone or a bunch of ivy leaves and wreathed with tendrils of vine or ivy.
RR79567. Silver denarius, RBW Collection 1352, Crawford 353/1d, Sydenham 724b, RSC I Fonteia 11, BMCRR I Rome 2481, SRCV I 271, VF, well centered and struck, light toning, bumps and marks, weight 4.043 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, c. 85 B.C.; obverse MN FONTEI C F (MN and NT ligate), laureate head of Vejovis right, thunderbolt below neck truncation, Roma monogram right; reverse Cupid seated on goat right, flanked by caps of the Dioscuri topped with stars, thyrsus of Bacchus in exergue, all within laurel wreath; scarcer variety with the caps flanking the goat vice above, ex Harlan J. Berk; SOLD




  




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