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Roman Republic, Dictatorship of Julius Caesar, L. Valerius Acisculus, c. 45 B.C.
The ascisculus, a pickaxe used by stone-cutters, behind Apollo is a punning allusion to the moneyer's cognomen, Acisculus.
Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce her. He transformed into a tame white bull and joined her father's herds. When Europa got onto his back, Zeus ran to the sea and swam to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity. Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus re-created the shape of the bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.
SH21108. Silver denarius, SRCV I 469, Crawford 474/1a, RSC I Valeria 17, VF, Rome mint, weight 3.677g, maximum diameter 19.3mm, die axis 45o
, c. 45 B.C.; obverse ACISCVLVS, head of Apollo right, ascisculus (pickaxe) behind, star above; reverse L VALERIVS, Europa seated on bull walking right, holding billowing veil; toned and attractive
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