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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Themes & Provenance| ▸ |Gods, Olympians| ▸ |Hermes or Mercury||View Options:  |  |  | 

Hermes or Mercury

Hermes was the messenger of the gods and the the god of commerce and thieves. He was the son of Zeus and the nymph Maia. His symbols include the caduceus and winged sandals.

Roman Republic, Pre-Reform Struck Coinage, 215 - 211 B.C.

|before| |211| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Pre-Reform| |Struck| |Coinage,| |215| |-| |211| |B.C.||semuncia|
In 321 B.C., the Roman army was deceived into thinking Luceria was under siege by the Samnites. Hurrying to relieve their allies the army walked into an ambush and were defeated at the famous Battle of the Caudine Forks. The Samnites occupied Luceria but were thrown out after a revolt. The city sought Roman protection and in 320 B.C. was granted the status of Colonia Togata, which meant it was ruled by the Roman Senate. In order to strengthen the ties between the two cities, 2,500 Romans moved to Luceria. From then on, Luceria was known as a steadfast supporter of Rome.
SH13727. Bronze semuncia, SRCV I 623 var., Crawford 43/6, Sydenham 130, gVF, weight 4.295 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 270o, Luceria (Apulia) mint, 215 - 211 B.C.; obverse bust of Mercury right, wearing winged petasos, circle of dots; reverse ROMA, galley prow right with deckhouse and two passengers, L (mint mark) below; scarce; SOLD


Ainos, Thrace, c. 440 - 412 B.C.

|Other| |Thrace| |&| |Moesia|, |Ainos,| |Thrace,| |c.| |440| |-| |412| |B.C.||diobol|
Aenus, Enez, Turkey today, was on the southeastern coast of Thrace, near the mouth of the Hebrus River, not far from the Melas Gulf (modern Gulf of Saros), which is formed by the Thracian Chersonesus to the east. The city was said to be founded (or at least settled) by Aeolian migrants from Lesbos. Its mythical and eponymous founder was said to be Aeneus, a son of the god Apollo and father of Cyzicus. Another mythical ruler, named Poltys, son of Poseidon, entertained Heracles when he came to Aenus. In the Iliad, Homer mentions that the leaders of Troy's Thracian allies, Acamas and Peiros, came from Aenus.
GS87868. Silver diobol, May Ainos 176 ff., AMNG II 303, SNG Cop 405, SNG Lockett 1164, Pozzi 1033, McClean 3892, VF, toned, well centered on a tight flan, porous, weight 1.133 g, maximum diameter 10.5 mm, die axis 90o, Ainos (Enez, Turkey) mint, c. 440 - 412 B.C.; obverse head of Hermes right, wearing petasos; reverse AIN, goat standing to right, coiled snake (control symbol) lower right, all withing incuse square; ex Pegasi Numismatics, ex Beast Coins; scarce; SOLD


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Tomis, Moesia Inferior

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.,| |Tomis,| |Moesia| |Inferior||tetrassaria|
Hermes was the messenger of the gods and the god of commerce and thieves. He was the son of Zeus and the nymph Maia. His symbols include the caduceus and winged sandals.
RP53792. Bronze tetrassaria, Varbanov I 4812, AMNG I/II 2743, VF, weight 11.522 g, maximum diameter 27.32 mm, die axis 225o, Tomis (Constanta, Romania) mint, obverse A K Λ CEΠT CEYHPOC Π, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse MHTPO ΠONTOY TOMEC, Hermes standing left, holding purse in right, caduceus in left, ram at feet, ∆ (mark of value) in left field; well centered, nice green patina, some light cleaning scratches; SOLD







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