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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Crisis and Decline| > |Maximinus I| > RS18475
Maximinus I Thrax, 20 March 235 - Late May 238 A.D., Ancient counterfeit
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. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one snake bringing another snake healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.
RS18475. Fouree silver plated denarius, cf. RSC III 85, RIC IV 14, BMCRE 21, SRCV III 8304 (official Rome mint), VF, illegal mint, weight 2.646g, maximum diameter 21.7mm, die axis 180o, after 235 A.D.; obverse IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SALVS AVGVSTI (to the health of the Emperor), Salus seated left, from patera feeding snake coiled around altar, left elbow resting on back of throne; nice barbarous style, core exposed in a few places; SOLD











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