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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Themes & Provenance| ▸ |Gods, Non-Olympian| ▸ |Selene or Luna||View Options:  |  |  | 

Selene or Luna

In Greek mythology, the lunar deity Selene was the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia. In Roman mythology, the moon goddess is called Luna, Latin for "moon."

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Olba, Cilicia

|Cilicia|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.,| |Olba,| |Cilicia||AE| |22|
This beardless, youthful, portrait of Hadrian resembles Augustus. Portraits of emperors, especially Julio-Claudian emperors, early in their reigns, were sometimes "Augusticized." Even Claudius, who looked very little like Augustus, resembles Augustus in some portraits. A new emperor would take the physical features of Augustus, to suggest he also shared the virtues of Augustus.
RP99687. Bronze AE 22, RPC Online III 3242 (8 spec.); Staffieri 45; SNG BnF 849; BMC Lyconia p. 124, 22 & pl. XXII, 9); Waddington 4433; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -, gF, attractive style, flan crack and split, porous grainy surfaces, obv. off center, weak obv. legend, weight 4.777 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 180o, Olba-Dioceasarea (Mersin Province, Turkey) mint, c. 11 Aug 117 - 118 A.D.; obverse AYTO KAI ΘE TPA ΠAP YI A∆PIANOC, laureate beardless youthful head of Hadrian right (Augusticized portrait); reverse OΛBEΩN, draped bust of Selene right, hair in a bun at the back, wearing stephane, within crescent moon arching behind; rare; $100.00 (95.00)


Roman Republic, Dictatorship of Julius Caesar, L. Aemilius Buca, January 44 B.C.

|after| |50| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Dictatorship| |of| |Julius| |Caesar,| |L.| |Aemilius| |Buca,| |January| |44| |B.C.||denarius|
"Sulla's Dream." The reverse of this rare type refers to the famous dream Sulla (an ancestor of the moneyer) experienced in 88 B.C. Sulla dreamed Luna came to him and put a thunder-bolt in his hand, and naming his enemies one by one, bade him smite them with it; and they were all smitten, and fell, and vanished away. Encouraged by the vision, at break of day he marched his legions towards Rome to attack Marius.
SH57752. Silver denarius, Crawford 480/1, Sydenham 1064, RSC I Aemilia 12, BMCRR 4160, Sear CRI 164, SRCV I 476, F, rough, weight 3.699 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, obverse L BVCA, diademed head of Venus right; reverse Sulla reclining against rocks; Luna on right descending from mountain holding a torch; Victory standing facing behind, wings spread, palm frond in raised right; very rare; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||dupondius|
 
RB17349. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC II 597(d), SRCV II -, VF, weight 14.053 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 121 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III, radiate bust right with drapery on left shoulder; reverse AETERNITAS AVGVSTI S C, Aeternitas standing facing holding busts of the Sol and Luna; minor flan flaws in fields; SOLD







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