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Health (Hygieia or Salus)

Hygieia (also Hygiea or Hygeia, in Latin Hygea or Hygia), was the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. She was the goddess of health, cleanliness and sanitation. While her father was more directly associated with healing, she was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word "hygiene." She was imported by the Romans as the Goddess Valetudo, the goddess of personal health, but over time she was increasingly identified with the ancient Italian goddess of social welfare, Salus.


Gallic Empire, Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D.

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Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain.
RS64675. Silver antoninianus, Schulzki AGK 79, RIC V 85, RSC IV 339, Cunetio 2392, Elmer 301, Hunter IV 28, SRCV III 10987, VF, well centered, porous, weight 3.768 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 315o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, 262 A.D.; obverse IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SALVS AVG (the health of the Emperor), Salus standing facing, head left, patera in right hand, feeding a snake rising from small altar at feet left, rudder in right hand; $40.00 (Ä35.60)







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