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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Thrace & Moesia| > |Philippopolis| > RP67767
Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D., Philippopolis, Thrace
|Philippopolis|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |Dec| |192| |A.D.,| |Philippopolis,| |Thrace|, The Greeks and Romans did not view snakes as evil creatures but rather as symbols and tools for healing and fertility. 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.
RP67767. Bronze assarion, RPC online 10621 (1 spec., Oxford), Varbanov 1104 ff. var. (obv leg), Mouchmov Philip 241 ff. var. (same), BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, Lindgren -, Choice gVF, nice green patina, Philippopolis (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) mint, weight 4.167g, maximum diameter 18.3mm, die axis 225o, obverse AY M AY KOMO∆OC, laureate head right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOΠOΛITΩN, tripod lebes, snake coiled around center leg, head above bowl; USA import restricted type, acquired by Forum from a Florida based dealer at NYINC 2014; very rare variety; SOLD










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