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Europa

Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds. While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus gave her a necklace made by Hephaestus and three additional gifts: Talos, Laelaps and a javelin that never missed. Zeus later re-created the shape of the white bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.


Roman Republic, Dictatorship of Julius Caesar, L. Valerius Acisculus, c. 45 B.C.

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The ascisculus, a pickaxe used by stone-cutters, behind Apollo is a punning allusion to the moneyer's cognomen, Acisculus.

Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce her. He transformed into a tame white bull and joined her father's herds. When Europa got onto his back, Zeus ran to the sea and swam to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity. Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus re-created the shape of the bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.
SH21108. Silver denarius, SRCV I 469, Crawford 474/1a, RSC I Valeria 17, VF, weight 3.677 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, c. 45 B.C.; obverse ACISCVLVS, head of Apollo right, ascisculus (pickaxe) behind, star above; reverse L VALERIVS, Europa seated on bull walking right, holding billowing veil; toned and attractive; SOLD







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