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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Roman Provincial| > |Roman Thrace and Black Sea| > SH63235
Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Pautalia, Thrace
Pautalia was located near thermal springs and remains of the ancient city include a temple of Asklepios. Asclepius, the son of Apollo and Koronis, 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. In the 1990s, excavation of nearby 2nd century A.D. tumuli unearthed bronze surgical instruments and a small bronze case containing a variety of medicines.
SH63235. Bronze AE 32, Varbanov II 4972 (he notes, otherwise unpublished), F, some earthen encrustation, Pautalia (Kyustendil, Bulgaria) mint, weight 19.76g, maximum diameter 31.9mm, die axis 45o, magistrate Caecina Largus, 198 - 201 A.D.; obverse AYT M AYPHΛIOC - ANTΩNEINOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed, young bust right, from behind; reverse HΓE KAIKINA ΓΛAPOY OYΛΠIAC ΠAYTAΛIAC, tetrastyle temple of Asklepios, front and right side seen in perspective, statue of Asklepios holding snake entwined staff in center, three steps; sculptures of a bull on left and male figure on right each on high base, trees flanking behind; very rare; SOLD

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