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APOL MONET

APOL. MONET.  (on Silver.) - APOL. MONETAE P. M. TR. P. XV. IMP. VIII. COS. VI. S. C. (on 2nd Brass.) - Apollo naked, stands with his right hand lifted up to the top of his head, his left elbow resting on a column.

Respecting this singlular legend, found on coins of Commodus, minted in his sixth consulate - viz., A. U. C. 943, (A.D. 190) Eckhel makes the following remarks; - "Although we find Juno Moneta, on coins of the Carisia family, and have the testimony of ancient authors to the appropriation of the title to that goddess, and even the reason why it was given, yet such is not the case with the insctiption Apollo Moneta - a characteristic by which Apollo is distinguished only on the coins of Commodus.  Unable to account for this circumstance, I will not spread my sails to the winds of conjecture; for in the same Emperor's mint, apellations are ascribed to deities, which were the offspring solely of the fertile brain of Commodus, who (as Lampridius says) made his alterations and additions in religious matters, rather from caprice than from a serious feeling." (vii. 123) - Among the larger brass of the following year, we see the same Apollo Moneta repeated.

Apollo's Oracle is named on a coin of Philip the elder. - See EX ORACVLO APOLLINIS


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