Saturn was an ancient Roman god of fertility, especially of agriculture and usually carries a sickle as his symbol. Saturday is named for Saturn. Romans celebrated the Feast of Saturnalia at the Winter Solstice. Homes were decorated with greenery. Friends visited and exchanged gifts. Slaves and masters ate at the same table. War and executions were postponed. Aspects of Saturnalia survive today in Christmas celebrations and carnival festivals around the world.
RR69359. Bronze semis, Crawford 204/3, Sydenham 385a, BMCRR Rome 839, SRCV I 853, aVF, porous, weight 7.088 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 152 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Saturn right, S (mark of value) behind; reverse galley prow right, hull ornamented with apotropaic eye, crescent over L SAVF (VF ligate) above, S (mark of value) on right, ROMA below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; $80.00 (€60.00)