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Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Philadelphia, Decapolis, Syria
In Greek mythology, Asteria (Greek: "Aστερια, "of the stars, starry one") is the Titan goddess of nocturnal oracles and falling stars. She is the daughter of the Titans Coeus (Polus) and Phoebe and the sister of Leto. Asteria is the mother of Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft and, in one account, the mother of Heracles. Asteria lived on Olympus, and like her sister Leto was beloved by Zeus. When Zeus pursued her in the form of an eagle, to escape his amorous advances, she transformed herself into a quail (ortux), flung herself into the Aegean Sea, and metamorphosed into the island Ortygia (quail island). In another version, after Asteria jumped into the sea, Poseidon pursued her. To escape him she transformed herself into the desert island of Delos.
RP86849. Bronze AE 19, RPC IV online
6648.3 (same dies, 6 spec.); SNG ANS
1395 (same dies); Sofaer
34 (same dies); Rosenberger
IV 35; BMC Arabia
, p. 40, 17; Spijkerman
32, VF, centered on a tight flan
, a little rough, porous, edge cracks, Philadelphia
(Amman, Jordan) mint, weight
7.549g, maximum diameter
19.2mm, die axis
, as caesar
, c. 175 A.D.; obverse
Λ AYP KOMMO∆OC KAIC, bare headed and draped bust
ΦIΛ K CY ΘEA ACTEPIA, draped and veiled bust
of Asteria, star
above; ; rare
Catalog current as of Thursday, March 21, 2019.
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