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Victory or Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings, with one of the most famous being the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times. Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Nike was a very close acquaintance of Athena and is thought to have stood in Athena's outstretched hand in the statue of Athena located in the Parthenon. Victory or Nike is also one of the most commonly portrayed figures on Greek and Roman coins.RB97216. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 337a, Cohen V 351, SRCV III 8741, Hunter III 155, Choice F, well centered, dark green patina, light earthen deposits, light scratches, edge cracks, weight 21.274 g, maximum diameter 30.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 241 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AETER (eternal victory), Victory standing half left, head left, shield in right hand resting on captive seated left at feet on left, palm frond in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00
Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.
Wilhelm Müseler suggests that this issue is commemorative of the victory by Tiberius and Drusus over the Helvetians in 14 B.C.SH67604. Silver denarius, RIC I 416, BMCRE I 127, RSC I 383, SRCV I 1615, EF, graffito on obverse, blue-grey toning, superb portrait, weight 3.833 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, moneyer L. Caninius Gallus, 12 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS, bare head right; reverse L CANNINIVS GALLLVS III VIR, German with long hair and beard, naked except for cloak over shoulders, kneeling right, offering vexillum; ex UBS Gold & Numismatics, auction 78, 1355; ex Tinchant; SOLD
Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.
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.RR96978. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1404, BMCRR Spain 89, RSC I 13, Sydenham 58, Crawford 468/1, aVF, toned, scratches, bumps, encrustations, off center, weight 2.988 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, 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; ex FORVM (2012); SOLD