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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Severan Period| > |Geta| > RS89454
Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.
The description of the aegis varies but most often it is a goat skin, furnished with golden tassels, sometimes worn as a cloak and sometimes stretched on a shield, bearing the Gorgoneion (Medusa's head) in the central boss. The aegis was, according to the Iliad, "borne by Athena in battle...and among them went bright-eyed Athene, holding the precious aegis which is ageless and immortal: a hundred tassels of pure gold hang fluttering from it, tight-woven each of them, and each the worth of a hundred oxen." Virgil imagines the Cyclopes in Hephaestus' forge, "busily burnished the aegis Athena wears in her angry moodsóa fearsome thing with a surface of gold like scaly snake-skin, and the linked serpents and the Gorgon herself upon the goddess's breastóa severed head rolling its eyes." Roman Emperors often appear, in their statues and on their coins, with their chests covered with the Aegis as a cuirass, sometimes with the head of Medusa affixed as part of the body armor.
RS89454. Silver denarius, RIC IV 34b; RSC III 104a; BMCRE V p. 244, 446; Hunter III 20; SRCV II 7186, Choice gVF, excellent centering, flow lines, some die wear, tiny edge cracks, Rome mint, weight 3.379g, maximum diameter 19.5mm, die axis 180o, c. 205 - 208 A.D.; obverse P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, older boy's bare-headed and draped bust right, from behind; reverse PONTIF COS (priest, consul), Minerva standing left, helmeted, resting right hand on grounded aegis shield, spear vertical behind in left hand; $150.00











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