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Love & Beauty on Ancient Coins

Venus is the Roman goddess principally associated with love and beauty, the rough equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. The son of Venus and Mars, Cupid to the Romans, Eros to the Greeks, is the god of desire, affection and erotic love.

Julia Soaemias, Augusta 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.

|Julia| |Soaemias|, |Julia| |Soaemias,| |Augusta| |16| |May| |218| |-| |11| |March| |222| |A.D.||denarius|
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.
RS111520. Silver denarius, RIC IV 243, RSC III 14, BMCRE V 56, Hunter V 7, SRCV II 7720, Choice gVF, well centered, light tone, luster in recesses, flow lines, weight 2.963 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 220 A.D.; obverse IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVG, draped bust right; reverse VENVS CAELESTIS (heavenly Venus), Venus diademed seated left on throne, apple in right hand, scepter in left hand, child at her feet raising arms; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 124 (8 Jan 2023), lot 881 (part of); $195.00 (Ä183.30)


Salonina, Augusta 254 - c. September 268 A.D.

|Salonina|, |Salonina,| |Augusta| |254| |-| |c.| |September| |268| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Sulla in a dream first saw Venus with the weapons of Mars as Venus Victrix and made her his personal patroness. In the night before the battle of Pharsalus 48 B.C. Pompey dreamed of Venus Victrix - seemingly a lucky sign. Caesar sacrificed to Venus Genetrix, but issued as watchword 'Venus Victrix', and defeated Pompey!
RA112452. Billon antoninianus, GŲbl MIR 1368o, RIC V-1 67, RSC 127a, Cunetio 1786 (21 spec.), SRCV III 10659, Hunter IV - (p. lxxiii), EF, toned surfaces, centered on a tight flan, tiny edge split, weight 1.979 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, end officina, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, c. 265 - 267 A.D.; obverse SALONINA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair in ridges and in plait looped below ear up the back of head, crescent behind shoulders; reverse VENVS VICT, Venus standing left, helmet in right, transverse spear in left, shield at side behind her, MS in exergue; $110.00 (Ä103.40)


Corinth, Corinthia, Greece, c. 345 - 307 B.C.

|Corinth|, |Corinth,| |Corinthia,| |Greece,| |c.| |345| |-| |307| |B.C.||stater|
Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. She was believed to lead soldiers into battle as the war goddess Athena Promachos. The Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis was dedicated to her, along with numerous other temples and monuments across Europe, West Asia, and North Africa. Her usual attribute is the owl and Nike is her frequent companion.
SH26890. Silver stater, Pegasi I 427, Ravel 1009, gVF, weight 8.512 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 270o, Corinth mint, c. 375 - 300 B.C.; obverse Pegasos flying left, koppa below; reverse laureate and helmeted head of Athena (or Aphrodite) left, aegis behind, A-P below; SOLD


Corinth, Corinthia, Greece, 345 - 307 B.C.

|Corinth|, |Corinth,| |Corinthia,| |Greece,| |345| |-| |307| |B.C.||stater|
In 344 B.C., the aristocracy of Syracuse appealed to their mother city of Corinth against their tyrant Dionysius II. The Corinthian general Timoleon led a liberation force to Sicily. Landing at Tauromenium (Taormina) in the summer, Timoleon faced two armies, one under Dionysius and the other under Hicetas (tyrant of nearby Leontini), who has also called in Carthaginian forces. By shrewd tactics Timoleon defeated his enemies and occupied Syracuse.
SH58242. Silver stater, Pegasi I 460, BCD Korinth 135, gVF, toned, weight 8.131 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 90o, Corinth mint, 345 - 307 B.C.; obverse Pegasos flying left, koppa below; reverse helmeted head of Athena (or Aphrodite) left, Δ below chin, I and herm with kerykeion and cornucopia behind; SOLD


Corinth, Corinthia, Greece, c. 404 - 435 B.C.

|Corinth|, |Corinth,| |Corinthia,| |Greece,| |c.| |404| |-| |435| |B.C.||stater|
Corinth is mentioned many times in the New Testament, largely in connection with Apostle Paul's mission there. Paul first visited the city in 51 or 52 and resided there for 18 months (Acts 18:1-18). Paul wrote at least two epistles to the Christian community, the First Epistle to the Corinthians (written from Ephesus) and the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (written from Macedonia).
SH68246. Silver stater, Pegasi I 246/2; McClean 6171; BMC Corinth -; BCD Korinth -; SNG Cop -, gVF, light toning, small flan flaw on Pegsos, weight 8.442 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 180o, Corinth mint, c. 404 - 435 B.C.; obverse Pegasos flying right, pointed wings, koppa below; reverse head of Athena (or Aphrodite) right wearing a plain Corinthian helmet over leather cap, aphlaston behind; scarce; SOLD


Anaktorion, Akarnania, Greece, c. 350 - 300 B.C.

|Akarnania|, |Anaktorion,| |Akarnania,| |Greece,| |c.| |350| |-| |300| |B.C.||stater|
Anaktorion (Anactorium) was a Corinthian colony, founded c. 630 B.C. on the south bank of the Ambracian Gulf, near modern Vonitsa. The location was favorable for trade and shipping but less so for farming. The residents engaged in trade, fishing and logging. Like the other cities of Acarnania, Anaktorion declined after the Battle of Actium when Augustus founded Nikopolis on the other side of the Ambracian Gulf and forced the its residents to move there. No archaeological excavations have yet been done at the site and few ruins remain visible above ground.Anaktorion
SH19454. Silver stater, Pegasi II 30, BCD Akarnania 89, BMC Corinth p. 118, 35; SNG Cop 289; SNG Alpha Bank 525; HGC 4 758, aEF, weight 8.378 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 180o, Anaktorion (near Nea Kamarina, Greece) mint, c. 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse Pegasos with pointed wing flying right, ligate AN below; reverse head of Athena (or Aphrodite) right in Corinthian helmet over leather cap, tripod in wreath and ligate AN behind; SOLD


Leukas, Akarnania, Greece, c. 435 - 400 B.C.

|Akarnania|, |Leukas,| |Akarnania,| |Greece,| |c.| |435| |-| |400| |B.C.||stater|
Lefkada (Leukas) is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea off the west coast of Greece between the islands of Corfu and Cephalonia. According to myth, the Kefalines, who lived on Lefkada, participated in the Trojan War, under the command of Ulysses. Laertis, Ulysses' father, occupied the town of Niriko and offered the island to Icarius, father of Penelope, after her wedding to Ulysses. The town of Leukas was founded by the Corinthians in the 7th century B.C. and issued coins with Corinthian types.

During the period when this coin was struck, Leucas joined the Spartan Confederation opposing Athens in the Peloponnesian War.
SH56866. Silver stater, Pegasi II p. 395, 27; BMC Corinth p. 126, 15; SNG Delepierre 1230 (all same dies); SNG Cop -, aVF, toned, graffiti, weight 8.521 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 180o, Leucas (Lefkada, Greece) mint, c. 435 - 400 B.C.; obverse Pegasus flying left, unbridled, curled archaic wings, Λ below; reverse head of Athena (or Aphrodite) left in Corinthian helmet over leather cap; Λ above, phiale behind; scarce; SOLD


Ambrakia, Epirus, Greece, c. 360 - 338 B.C.

|Epirus|, |Ambrakia,| |Epirus,| |Greece,| |c.| |360| |-| |338| |B.C.||stater|
Ambracia was founded as a Corinthian colony 650 - 625 B.C. It was besieged by Philip II and forced to accept a Macedonian garrison in 338. In 294, Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, made it his capital, and adorned it with palace, temples and theaters. It was captured and plundered by Rome in 189 B.C., after which it gradually fell into insignificance.
GS54019. Silver stater, Pegasi II 89/2 (same dies), Ravel 138, aVF, weight 8.016 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 180o, Ambrakia (Arta, Greece) mint, c. 360 - 338 B.C.; obverse Pegasos with pointed wing walking right, A below; reverse head of Athena (or Aphrodite) left in Corinthian helmet over leather cap, head of Achelous right; SOLD


Ambrakia, Epirus, Greece, c. 360 - 338 B.C.

|Epirus|, |Ambrakia,| |Epirus,| |Greece,| |c.| |360| |-| |338| |B.C.||stater|
Ambracia (modern Arta) was founded as a Corinthian colony 650 - 625 B.C. Its economy was based on farmlands, fishing, timber for shipbuilding, and the exporting the produce of Epirus. In 433, Ambracia fought with Corinth at the Battle of Sybota, against the rebellious Corinthian colony of Corcyra (modern Corfu). Ambracia was besieged by Philip II and forced to accept a Macedonian garrison in 338. In 294, after 43 years of semi-autonomy, Ambracia was given by the son of Cassander to Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, who made it his capital, and adorned it with palace, temples and theaters. In the wars of Philip V of Macedon and the Epirotes against the Aetolian league (220-205) it changed sides and ultimately joined the Aetolians. Against Rome, it stood a stubborn siege, including the first known use of poison gas, against Roman siege tunnels. It was captured and plundered by Marcus Fulvius Nobilior in 189 B.C., after which it gradually fell into insignificance.Epirus and Environs
SH19463. Silver stater, BMC Corinth p. 105, 14; Ravel 70, gVF, toned, weight 8.544 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 270o, Ambrakia (Arta, Greece) mint, c. 360 - 338 B.C.; obverse Pegasos with pointed wing flying right, A below; reverse head of Athena (or Aphrodite) left in Corinthian helmet over leather cap, owl behind; ex CNG auction 9/94, lot 202; SOLD


Roman Republic, L. Sulla, 81 B.C.

|Sulla|, |Roman| |Republic,| |L.| |Sulla,| |81| |B.C.||denarius|
RR51287. Silver denarius, Crawford 376/1, RSC I Cornelia 44, Sydenham 763, aF, weight 2.684 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 270o, uncertain mint, 81 B.C.; obverse head of Venus right, uncertain control letter (D?) behind; reverse cornucopia, S C left, EX right, all within wreath; extremely rare and desirable type; SOLD







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