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Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Augusta Traiana, Thrace
The figure on the reverse is sometimes identified as Eros (Cupid) or a generic winged Genius. The inverted torch represents a life extinguished, indicating the figure is Thanatos (death). By the Severan Era, there was increased hope for an afterlife in pleasant Elysium rather than in dismal Hades. Thanatos was associated more with a gentle passing than a woeful demise. Thanatos as a winged boy, very much akin to Cupid, with crossed legs and an inverted torch, became the most common symbol for death, depicted on many Roman sarcophagi.
RP83460. Bronze assarion
, SchŲnert-Geiss Augusta Traiana
501 (V145/R422), Varbanov II
1276 (R3), Moushmov
3087, SNG Cop
-, BMC Thrace
-, Nice EF, attractive portrait and reverse style
, nice green patina
, centered on a tight flan
, some light scratches and marks, Augusta Traiana
(Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) mint, weight
3.247g, maximum diameter
18.1mm, die axis
, 209 - c. 26 Dec 211 A.D.; obverse
AV K Π CE-ΠTI ΓETAC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust
right, from behind; reverse
AVΓOVCTH TPAIANH, Thanatos standing right with legs crossed, left hand to face
, right resting on inverted torch; scarce
Catalog current as of Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
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