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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Macedonia| > |Pella| > RP89875
Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Pella, Macedonia
Pan is depicted in the pose of the life-size marble statue known as the Barberini Faun (Drunken Satyr) in the Glyptothek in Munich. A Faun is the Roman equivalent of a Greek Satyr. The position of the right arm over the head was a classical artistic convention indicating sleep. The statue is believed to have once adorned Hadrian's Mausoleum. The historian Procopius recorded that during the siege of Rome in 537 the defenders had hurled down upon the Goths the statues adorning Hadrian's Mausoleum. When discovered, the statue was heavily damaged; the right leg, parts of both hands, and parts of the head were missing. Johann Winckelmann speculated that the place of discovery and the statue's condition suggested that it had been such a projectile.Barberini Faun
RP89875. Bronze AE 25, cf. SNG ANS 629 (younger, Caracalla?), Moushmov 6476 (syrnix in field), Varbanov 3732 (R4, same), AMNG -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunt -, BMC -, Lindgren -, Choice gF/aVF, broad flan, nice green patina, light scratches and marks, scattered minor porosity, Pella mint, weight 9.863g, maximum diameter 24.6mm, die axis 180o, 16 May 218 - 11 Mar 222 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR ANTONINVS, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse CO IVL AVS PELLA (sic), Pan seated left on rock, nude, right hand raised to top of head, left forearm leaning on syrnix on rock behind; other than SNG ANS specimen, with an obscure legend and a much different portrait which we suspect is Caracalla, this type is unpublished in the standard references, there is one specimen on Coin Archives (attributed to Caracalla in error), Wildwinds lists this type but misidentified as Moushmov 6476; extremely rare; SOLD

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