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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Thrace & Moesia| > |Serdica| > SH69190
Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Serdica, Thrace
The reverse appears to be related to Aesop's fable about a shepherd who pulled a thorn from a lion's paw. After he was condemned to death on a false charge, in the arena where he was to be eaten alive, the shepherd instead received a warm greeting from his lion friend. Upon hearing the tale, the king was so impressed he freed both the shepherd and the lion. An older CNG catalog description for the type speculated that the type might have been intended as a message to the emperor that Serdica had provided him some service and should be rewarded.
SH69190. Bronze assarion, H-J Serdica (R6), Varbanov 2079 (R6), Ruzicka Serdica 383, Moushmov 4851, Mouchmov Serdica 222, BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, F, holed, Serdica (Sofia, Bulgaria) mint, weight 3.992g, maximum diameter 19.4mm, die axis 45o, 215 - 217 A.D.; obverse AYT K M AYP CEY ANTΩEINOC, laureate bearded mature head right, seen from behind, bare shoulder and back; reverse CEP∆ΩN, Eros standing left, nude, removing thorn from raised right paw of lion standing right; rare; SOLD


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