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Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.
The Roman poet Ovid tells the story of the Phoenix: 'Most beings spring from other individuals; but there is a certain kind which reproduces itself. The Assyrians call it the Phoenix. It does not live on fruit or flowers, but on frankincense and odoriferous gums. When it has lived five hundred years, it builds itself a nest in the branches of an oak, or on the top of a palm tree. In this it collects cinnamon and spikenard, and myrrh, and of these materials builds a pile on which it deposits itself, and dying, breathes out its last breath amidst odors. From the body of the parent bird, a young Phoenix issues forth, destined to live as long a life as its predecessor. When this has grown up and gained sufficient strength, it lifts its nest from the tree (its own cradle and its parent's sepulcher), and carries it to the city of Heliopolis in Egypt, and deposits it in the temple of the Sun.'
RL20035. Billon quarter maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 241, LRBC II 1134, Voetter 26, SRCV V 18717, Cohen VII 22, Choice aEF, 4th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, weight 3.043g, maximum diameter 19.9mm, die axis 180o
, 348 - 19 Jan 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), radiate Phoenix standing right on pyre, ∆SIS and symbol in exergue; SOLD
Catalog current as of Saturday, August 17, 2019.
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