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Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Nakrasa, Lydia
Victoria or Nike, the Winged Goddess of Victory, personifies victory. She was described variously in different myths as the daughter of the Titan Pallas and the goddess Styx, and the sister of Kratos (Strength), Bia (Force), and Zelus (Zeal). Nike and her siblings were close companions of Zeus. According to classical (later) myth, Styx brought them to Zeus when the god was assembling allies for the Titan War. Nike assumed the role of the divine charioteer, a role in which she often is portrayed in Classical Greek art. Nike flew around battlefields rewarding the victors with glory and fame, symbolized by a wreath of laurel leaves.
RP81466. Bronze AE 19, RPC III
1800 (20 spec.); BMC Lydia
3036; SNG MŁnchen
345; SNG Leypold
1095; SNG Turkey X
VF, cleaning scratches, Nakrasa (near Kirkagach, Turkey) mint, weight
3.343g, maximum diameter
18.9mm, die axis
, 25 Jan 98 - 8/9 Aug 117 A.D.; obverse
AY NEP TPAIANON CE ΓEP, laureate head
advancing left, wreath
in extended right hand, palm
from in left hand; very rare
Catalog current as of Friday, May 24, 2019.
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