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Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D.
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.
RL88715. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 184, RIC V-1 98, Normanby 606, Venèra 6066, Cunetio 1935, Çanakkale 1000, Gloucester 22, Thibouville 947, Appleshaw 154, F, green patina, tight flan, Rome mint, weight 3.123g, maximum diameter 19.5mm, die axis 0o
, c. Sep 268 - end 269; obverse IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse SALVS AVG (the health of the Emperor), Salus standing left, from patera in right hand, feeding snake rising from altar, long scepter in right hand; $14.00
Catalog current as of Monday, August 19, 2019.
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