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The reverse legend translates Libero Patri Conservatori Augusti, which identifies Liber Pater, a panther sacred to Bacchus, as a protector of the emperor. Gallienus also identified Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, and others on coins as his protectors.RA93320. Billon antoninianus, Göbl MIR 713b, RIC V-1 S230, Hunter IV 116, Cohen V 586, SRCV III 10281, Normanby -, gVF, nice portrait, well centered, dark patina with copper high points, tight flan, ragged edge cracks/splits, weight 1.895 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 300o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, 267 - 268 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right; reverse LIBERO P CONS AVG, panther walking left, B in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $95.00 (€87.40)
Nesos, Islands off Lesbos, c. 350 - 300 B.C.
GB30239. Bronze AE 9, SNG Cop 431, SNGvA 1762, VF, weight 0.749 g, maximum diameter 8.8 mm, die axis 180o, Nesos mint, obverse laureate head right; reverse NA[Σ...], panther left, head facing; rare; SOLD
Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Kallatis, Moesia Inferior
Wandering the world in a panther-drawn chariot, Dionysus rode ahead of the maenads and satyrs, who sang loudly and danced, flushed with wine. They were profusely garlanded with ivy and held the thyrsus, a staff topped with a pine-cone, a symbol of the immortality of his believers. Everywhere he went he taught men how to cultivate vines, and the mysteries of his cult. Whoever stood in his way and refused to revere him was punished with madness.RP48227. Bronze pentassarion, AMNG I/I 304, Varbanov I 278, VF, weight 12.466 g, maximum diameter 27.6 mm, die axis 180o, Kallatis (Mangalia, Romania) mint, obverse AVT K Λ CEΠT CEVHPOC ΠEPT, laureate head right; reverse KAΛΛATIANΩN, Dionysos riding on panther right, thyrsos over right shoulder, E (mark of value) in left field; rare; SOLD