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Hera or Juno

Queen of the Gods, and the goddess of marriage and motherhood. Symbols are the peacock and the cow. Daughter of Kronus and Rhea. Wife and sister of Zeus.


Kroton, Bruttium, c. 350 - 340 B.C.

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In 295 B.C., Kroton fell to another Syracusan tyrant, Agathocles. When Pyrrhus invaded Italy in 280 B.C., it was still a considerable city, with twelve miles (19 km) of walls, but after the Pyrrhic War, half the town was deserted (Livy 24.3). What was left of its population submitted to Rome in 277 B.C. After the Battle of Cannae in the Second Punic War, Hannibal made it his winter quarters for three years and the city was not recaptured until 205 or 204 B.C. In 194 B.C., it became the site of a Roman colony. Little more is heard of it during the Republican and Imperial periods.
SH15423. Silver nomos, SNG ANS 379 (same dies), Head HN 2160, VF, weight 7.053 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 90o, Kroton (Crotone, Calbria, Italy) mint, c. 350 - 340 B.C.; obverse head of Hera Lakinia facing, wearing stephane; reverse Herakles seated left on lion-skin, holding cup in extended right; above, bow, quiver and club; attractive high relief obverse and nicely toned; SOLD


Herakleia, Lucania, Italy, c. 281 - 278 B.C.

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SH35572. Silver nomos, HN Italy 1400, EF, weight 6.466 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, Herakleia mint, obverse head of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmeted decorated with Skylla hurling stone, EY behind, I below, [AΛE] above; reverse HPAKΛHIΩN, Herakles standing left, club in right hand, bow in left, Nemean lion skin draped over left arm, owl in left field, ethnic right; toned, fine style; SOLD


Cromna, Paphlagonia, Mid 4th Century B.C.

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Cromna, an Ionian colony located on the Paphlagonian coast, was mentioned by Homer in the Iliad. Shortly after 300 B.C., Cromna was conquered by Amastris, the ruler of Heraclea. Amastris moved the populations of Cromna, Sesamus, Cytorus, and Tium to her newly founded city, which she named Amastris after herself.
SH65536. Silver drachm, SNG BM 1343 (the swastika is off flan); SNGvA 6825 (same); cf. SNG Cop 265 (Θ vice bucrainium), VF, weight 3.262 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 0o, Cromna mint, mid 4th century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus left; reverse KPΩMNA, head of Hera left, wearing a turreted stephanos, earring and necklace, bucrainium below chin, swastika above; SOLD


Roman Republic, L. Papius, 79 B.C.

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The most beautiful example of this type we have seen, both in-hand and in photographs.
SH13729. Silver denarius serratus, BMCRR 3078, SRCV I 311, Sydenham 773, Crawford 384/1, RSC I Papia 1, gem EF, weight 3.883 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, obverse head of Juno Sospita right, clad in goat's skin, thyrsus (control symbol) behind, bead and reel border; reverse Gryphon leaping right, ivy branch below (control symbol), L PAPI in exergue, bead and reel border; particularly fine style, superb strike, preservation, and toning; SOLD


Knossos, Crete, c. 330 - 300 B

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SH35118. Silver drachm, BMC Crete p. 21, 26; SNG Cop 374, Fair, rough cleaning, weight 3.172 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Knossos mint, obverse head of Hera left, wearing stephane; reverse square labyrinth with entrance; rare; SOLD


Lucilla, Augusta c. 164 - 182 A.D., Wife of Lucius Verus

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Lucina is the Roman name for the Greek goddess, Eileithyia, who was the protectress of midwives and who assisted during birth. She was later identified with Hera or Artemis. On Roman coins, Lucina is identified as an aspect of the goddess Juno associated with light and childbirth, during which she eased the pain and made sure all went well. Coins portraying Lucina may commemorate a birth in the Imperial family or that the help of the goddess had been invoked. She is usually portrayed with or holding children. A variety of objects may accompany her, sometimes a patera and scepter--attributes of Juno--or more commonly, a flower.
SH69929. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 1747, Cohen III 37, BMCRE 1154, Banti III 18, SRCV II 5504, VF, big attractive bronze!, weight 29.187 g, maximum diameter 31.2 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, c. 166 A.D.; obverse LVCILLAE AVG M ANTONINI AVG F, draped bust right, hair waived and knotted in chignon low at back; reverse IVNONI - LVCINAE, Juno seated left on throne with back, feet on footstool, flower in right, swaddled child cradled in left arm, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; SOLD


Lucilla, Augusta c. 164 - 182 A.D., Wife of Lucius Verus

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The story of Commodus and Lucilla in the movie Gladiator was not historically accurate but the characters were based, in part, on the real emperor and his sister. Lucilla did plot to assassinate her brother Commodus and the plot did fail. Commodus actually did fight as a gladiator. But Maximus, entirely fictional, was not there to save Lucilla. Commodus won every time. Lucilla was banished to Capri and executed a year later.
SH08499. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 1746, Cohen III 35, SRCV II 5501, Hunter II -, VF, weight 24.04 g, maximum diameter 30.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 166 - 169 A.D.; obverse LVCILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair elaborately waived and knotted in chignon low at back; reverse IVNO, Juno seated left holding patera and scepter, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; reverse struck flat, very nice multi-color patina, excellent portrait; SOLD


Herakleia, Lucania, Italy, c. 281 - 278 B.C.

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SH30353. Silver nomos, SNG ANS 79 (same dies), HN Italy 1385, nice VF, weight 7.695 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 135o, Herakleia mint, obverse HPAKΛHIΩN, head of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmeted decorated with Skylla hurling stone; reverse Herakles standing left, club in right hand, bow in left, Nemean lion skin draped over left arm, [APIΣ] (magistrate) off flan left; SOLD


Central Italy, c. 2nd Century B.C.

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Lindgren plate coin. The obverse copies a sculptural theme seen on coins, vases and other artwork. Iphicles was the mortal, anxious and timid twin half-brother of Hercules. Hercules protected him from serpents sent by Hera.
SH24952. Bronze tessera, Lindgren III 1646 (this coin, listed as unidentified); See Stannard, Local Coinages of Central Italy in the Late Roman RepubliC, F, weight 3.982 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, obverse the two infants Herakles and Iphicles, attacked by the serpents sent by Hera; reverse IC O S, Hercules striking Hydra with club; SOLD


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.

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SH08960. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV C585, VF, weight 18.47 g, maximum diameter 30.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 211 - 217 A.D.; obverse IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair in waved horizontal ridges; reverse IVNONEM S C, Juno standing left, veiled, patera in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand; peacock at feet on left standing left; scarce; SOLD




  




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