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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Tetrarchy| > |Galeria Valeria| > RT92169
Galeria Valeria, Augusta, June 293(?) - 311 A.D., Second Wife of Galerius
Venus (Aphrodite) can be faulted for the Trojan War. Upset that she was not invited to a wedding, she went anyway and maliciously left a golden apple inscribed "For the fairest" on the banquet table. The goddesses, as Aphrodite expected, argued who was the rightful possessor of this prize. It was determined the most handsome mortal in the world, a noble Trojan youth named Paris, would decide. Each of the three finalists offered Paris a bribe. Hera promised he would rule the world. Athena said she would make him victorious in battle. Aphrodite guaranteed the love of the most beautiful woman in the world. This was Helen, who was married to the king of Sparta. Paris awarded the golden apple to Aphrodite. Aphrodite enabled Paris to elope with Helen, Helen of Troy. Helen's husband raised a Greek army to retrieve his wife, starting the Trojan War.
RT92169. Billon follis, RIC VI Antiochia 151, Hunter V 32, SRCV IV 14603, Cohen VII 10, Choice gVF, dark red-brown patina, traces of silvering, full border centering, small edge cracks, 8th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 6.797g, maximum diameter 23.5mm, die axis 0o, struck under Galerius, 310 - 311 A.D.; obverse GAL VALERIA AVG, diademed and draped bust right; reverse VENERI VICTRICI (to victorious Venus), Venus standing left, raising apple in right hand, raising drapery over shoulder with left hand, flaming altar at feet on left, crescent with horns up left, H right, ANT in exergue; ex CNG e-auction 233 (26 May 2010), lot 399; SOLD




  







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