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Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 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.
RA89970. Billon antoninianus, GŲbl MIR 1649g, RIC V-1 S632, RSC IV 140, Hunter IV S208, SRCV III 10193, gVF, much silvering, nice portrait, full legends, broad round flan, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 3.819g, maximum diameter 21.3mm, die axis 0o
, 260 - 268 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONSERVATOR AVG, Aesculapius standing facing, head left, leaning on snake entwined staff;
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Catalog current as of Sunday, August 25, 2019.
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