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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.

Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.

|Julius| |Caesar|, |Julius| |Caesar,| |Imperator| |and| |Dictator,| |October| |49| |-| |15| |March| |44| |B.C.|, |denarius|
This type was a special military coinage produced by Caesar during his final campaign. This campaign against the Pompeian forces in Spain culminated in the battle of Munda on 17 March 45 B.C. The obverse refers to Caesar's mythical descent from the goddess Venus. The reverse refers to Caesar's victories in Gaul and the male Gaulish captive may be Vercingetorix.
RS50608. Silver denarius, Crawford 468/1, Sydenham 1014, RSC I 13, BMCRR Spain 89, Sear CRI 58, SRCV I 1404, Choice VF, weight 4.110 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 45o, Spanish mint, 46 - 45 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Venus right, small Cupid behind; reverse trophy of Gallic arms; on left, Gallia seated left with hand to head in attitude of morning; on right, male (Vercingetorix?) captive seated right, hands bound behind, looking up; CAESAR in exergue; SOLD


Pupienus, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.

|Pupienus|, |Pupienus,| |22| |April| |-| |29| |July| |238| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
A great story coin. This ironic reverse refers to the mutual love shared between the emperors Balbinus and Pupienus. In reality, because they were quarreling they were unable to gain support or put up a joint defense against the praetorians and they were both murdered after a reign of only 99 days.
SH45482. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV-1 9b, RSC III 2, BMCRE VI 82, Hunter III 7, SRCV III 8518, VF, nicely centered, weight 2.927 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, obverse IMP CAES PVPIEN MAXIMVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse AMOR MVTVVS AVGG (Mutual Love of the Emperors), clasped hands; scarce; SOLD


Pupienus, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.

|Pupienus|, |Pupienus,| |22| |April| |-| |29| |July| |238| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
Great story coin. The reverse refers to the mutual love shared between the emperors Balbinus and Pupienus. In realty, because they were quarreling they were unable to gain support or put up a joint defense against the praetorians. They were both murdered after a reign of only 99 days.
SH89747. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV-1 9b, RSC III 2, BMCRE VI 82, Hunter III 7, SRCV III 8518, Choice gF, excellent portrait, nicely centered, light marks, tiny flan flaw 12:00 on reverse, weight 2.928 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES PVPIEN MAXIMVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse AMOR MVTVVS AVGG (Mutual Love of the Emperors), clasped hands; scarce; SOLD







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