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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."

Roman Republic, A. Spurilius (or Spurius or Spurinna?), 139 B.C.

|211-100| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |A.| |Spurilius| |(or| |Spurius| |or| |Spurinna?),| |139| |B.C.||denarius|
In Roman mythology, Luna is the goddess of the moon. She is the Roman counterpart of the Greek goddess Selene. As goddess of the moon, Luna is often identified with the Roman goddess Diana.

The Spurilius gens is known only from coins (and the name is not certain).
RR93657. Silver denarius, Crawford 230/1, Sydenham 448, RSC I Spurilia 1, Russo RBW 960, BMCRR Rome 910, SRCV I 107, Choice VF, well centered and struck, attractive toning, light marks, weight 3.865 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 139 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right, wearing a winged helmet ornamented with griffin head and with a three-piece peaked visor, single drop spiral earring with three beads arranged largest on top to smallest on the bottom, and bead necklace, X (mark of value) behind; reverse Luna (or Diana) in a galloping biga right, nude to the hips, her head surmounted by a crescent, goad in right hand, reins in left hand, A·SPVRI (VR in monogram) below horses, ROMA in exergue within a linear frame on sides and above, linear border; from the Errett Bishop Collection; SOLD


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

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||denarius|
Felicitas was the goddess or personification of happiness, good fortune, and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
RS86692. Silver denarius, RIC II-3 202, RSC II 131, BMCRE III 249, Strack II 59, Hunter II 21 var. (AET - AVG), SRCV II -, gVF, well centered and struck on a tight flan, nice heroic bust, toned, radiating flow lines, a few light marks, tiny edge crack, weight 3.532 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate heroic bust right with bare-chest, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse P M TR P COS III (Pontifex Maximus, Tribunitia Potestas, Consul Tertium - High priest, holder of tribunitian power, consul for the 3rd time), Aeternitas standing slightly left, head left, radiate head of Sol in right hand, head of Luna in left hand, AETER - AVG (Aeternitas Augusti - [Dedicated to the] eternity of the emperor) across fields; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Barry Murphy (Oct 2007); 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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