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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.

Octavian, Imperator and Consul, 32 - 31 B.C.

|Octavian|, |Octavian,| |Imperator| |and| |Consul,| |32| |-| |31| |B.C.||denarius|
Mercury was the inventor of the lyre and the protector of commerce. This may refer to the restoration of commerce to Italy after the battle of Naulochus. -- Roman Silver Coins, Vol. I, The Republic to Augustus by H.A. Seaby

In 31 B.C., Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian was Roman Consul for the third time. His partner was Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus, who replaced Mark Antony.
RS95264. Silver denarius, RIC I 257, RSC I Augustus 61, Hunter I 251, BMCRE I 596, SRCV I 1550, gVF, toned, banker's marks, some light scratches and marks, weight 3.708 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 90o, uncertain Italian (Rome or Brundisium?) mint, 32 - 31 B.C.; obverse bare head of Octavian right; reverse Mercury seated right on rock, playing lyre, petasos around neck, CAESAR - DIVI F divided across field; ex Forum (2016); ex Sincona AG, auction 10 (27 May 2013), lot 240; SOLD


Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 377 - 326 B.C.

|Lesbos|, |Mytilene,| |Lesbos,| |c.| |377| |-| |326| |B.C.||hekte|
Mytilene was famous in ancient times for its great output of electrum coins struck from the late 6th through mid - 4th centuries B.C. The usual denomination was the hekte (1/6th stater). Warwick Wroth noted in the British Museum Catalog, "The Sixths of [this Lesbos electrum series] form one of the most beautiful coin-series of the ancient world. This will be evident from a glance."
SH86215. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 86, - (-/η, unlisted obv. die); HGC 6 1012 (R1); BMC Troas p. 163, 71; SNG Cop 319; SNGvA 7738; Traité II 2190, VF, classical style, obverse die rust, reverse die wear, tight flan, weight 2.529 g, maximum diameter 11.1 mm, die axis 15o, Mytilene mint, c. 377 - 326 B.C.; obverse head of Athena facing slightly right, wearing triple crested Attic helmet, earring, and necklace; reverse draped bust of Hermes right, petasos on string hanging behind his neck, all within a linear square, all in square incuse but not visible because the die was larger than the flan; rare; SOLD


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

|Corinth|, |Corinth,| |Corinthia,| |Greece,| |345| |-| |307| |B.C.||stater|
SH46854. Silver stater, Pegasi I 385, BCD Korinth -, SNG Cop -, BMC Corinth -, weight 8.550 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 0o, Corinth mint, obverse Pegasos flying left, koppa below; reverse helmeted head of Athena (or Aphrodite) right, facing bearded ithyphallic herm (terminal) and N behind; scarce; SOLD


Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 377 - 326 B.C.

|Lesbos|, |Mytilene,| |Lesbos,| |c.| |377| |-| |326| |B.C.||hekte|
Mytilene was famous in ancient times for its great output of electrum coins struck from the late 6th through mid - 4th centuries B.C. The usual denomination was the hekte (1/6th stater). Warwick Wroth noted in the British Museum Catalog, "The Sixths of [this Lesbos electrum series] form one of the most beautiful coin-series of the ancient world. This will be evident from a glance."
SH75216. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 86, pl. 56 f., -/η; HGC 6 1012 (R1); BMC Troas p. 163, 71, pl. XXXIII, 14; SNG Cop 319; SNGvA 7738; Traité II 2190, VF, fine style, contact marks, die wear, reverse off-center low but full face on flan, weight 2.502 g, maximum diameter 11.3 mm, die axis 0o, Mytilene mint, c. 377 - 326 B.C.; obverse head of Athena facing slightly right, wearing crested Attic helmet, earring, and necklace; reverse draped bust of Hermes right, petasos on string hanging behind his neck, all within a linear square, trace of square incuse from die larger than the flan; rare; SOLD


Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 412 - 378 B.C.

|Lesbos|, |Mytilene,| |Lesbos,| |c.| |412| |-| |378| |B.C.||hekte|
Mytilene was famous in ancient times for its great output of electrum coins struck from the late 6th through mid - 4th centuries B.C. The usual denomination was the hekte (1/6th stater). Warwick Wroth noted in the British Museum Catalog, "The Sixths of [this Lesbos electrum series] form one of the most beautiful coin-series of the ancient world. This will be evident from a glance."
SH86296. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 75; SNG Cop 327; SNGvA 1725; SNG Fitzwilliam 4358; BMC Lesbos p. 163, 69; Boston MFA 1714; Weber 5644; HGC 6 1001 (R1), VF, fine style, toned, tight flan, light marks, obverse off center, weight 2.547 g, maximum diameter 10.5 mm, die axis 90o, Mytilene mint, c. 412 - 378 B.C.; obverse head of Kybele right, wearing a pendant earring and a turreted crown ornamented with a scanthus pattern; reverse head of Hermes right, wearing petasos, tied around chin, strap around back of head, in linear square within shallow incuse square; SOLD


Geto-Dacian, Roman Republic Imitative, c. 82 B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

|Celtic| |&| |Tribal|, |Geto-Dacian,| |Roman| |Republic| |Imitative,| |c.| |82| |B.C.| |-| |1st| |Century| |A.D.||denarius| |serratus|
In ancient Greek and Roman writing Dacus (plural Daci) and Geta (plural Getae) were interchangeable names for tribes of the Dacia region, distinct from but influenced by and possibly related the Thracians and Celts. Modern historians prefer to use the name Geto-Dacians.
CE68430. Silver denarius serratus, cf. Davis C52 and M166; for the Rome mint, C. Mamilius Limetanus, 82 B.C., prototype see: SRCV I 282, Sydenham 741, Crawford 362/1, gVF, weight 3.846 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 135o, tribal mint, c. 82 B.C. - 1st century A.D.; obverse bust of Mercury right wearing winged petasus, caduceus over shoulder; reverse Ulysses (Odysseus) walking right, greeted by his dog Argos, staff in left hand, C MAMIL downward on left, LIMETAN (AT ligate) upwards on right; SOLD


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

|Julia| |Domna|, |Julia| |Domna,| |Augusta| |194| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.,| |Ankyra,| |Galatia||AE| |25|
Ankyra (Greek for anchor) is the modern Ankara, the capital of Turkey - not to be confused with Ankyra of Phrygia.
SH45846. Bronze AE 25, SNG Leypold II, 2737; Mionnet IV p. 381, 37; BMC Galatia -; SNG BnF -; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG Righetti -; Weber -, gVF, green patina, weight 6.937 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 180o, Ancyra (Ankara, Turkey) mint, obverse IOYΛIA AYΓOYCTA, draped bust right; reverse MHTPOΠOΛEΩC ANKYPAC, Hermes standing half-left, naked, purse in right, caduceus in left; extremely rare; SOLD


Roman Empire, Protome Bronze Bust of Mercury, c. 1st - 3rd Century A.D.

|Roman| |Antiquities|, |Roman| |Empire,| |Protome| |Bronze| |Bust| |of| |Mercury,| |c.| |1st| |-| |3rd| |Century| |A.D.|
AS59894. Bronze bronze protome bust of Mercury, wearing his winged cap and toga clasped on shoulder, 46 mm, 1 7/8 inches, c. 1st - 3rd century A.D.; SOLD


Roman Republic, Anonymous, c. 189 - 179 B.C.

|before| |150| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Anonymous,| |c.| |189| |-| |179| |B.C.||Sextans|
In 184, Cato the Elder, champion of the ancient austere Roman way of life, began a puritanical campaign to preserve the mos majorum (ancestral custom) and combat Greek influence. He passed luxury taxes and strictly limited eligibility for the Senate. Quarrels among Greek cities and leagues increased the conviction in Rome that there will be no peace in Greece until Rome takes full control.
RR58779. Copper Sextans, Crawford 141/6, SRCV I 1247 ff. var. (symbol), aVF, weight 5.216 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 189 - 179 B.C.; obverse head of Mercury right in winged petasus, two pellets above; reverse prow of galley right, eagle perched on legionary standard and wreath above, two pellets before, ROMA below; rare; SOLD


Roman Republic, Cast Aes Grave, 225 - 217 B.C.

|before| |150| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Cast| |Aes| |Grave,| |225| |-| |217| |B.C.||Sextans|
Hermes was the messenger of the gods and the god of commerce and thieves.
RR50991. Aes grave (cast) Sextans, Crawford 35/5, Sydenham 76, Vecchi ICC 55, SRCV I 587, F, thick with very high relief, flan crack, edge defect, weight 34.406 g, maximum diameter 33.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 225 - 217 B.C.; obverse head of Mercury left, wearing petasos, two pellets behind; reverse prow right, two pellets below; SOLD




  




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