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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."

Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Cleopatra VII & Alexander Helios, c. 38 B.C.

|Cleopatra| |VII|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |Cleopatra| |VII| |&| |Alexander| |Helios,| |c.| |38| |B.C.||diobol|
Alexander Helios (b. 40 B.C., d. between 29 and 25 B.C.) was the son of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony. Helios (the Sun) had a twin sister, Cleopatra Selene (the Moon). He was made king of Armenia and king of king of Media and Parthia at about age six. After his mother's death, Egypt and his kingdoms were annexed by Rome; Alexander Helios was placed under the guardianship of Octavia and faded from history.
The exact denominations of this type and the other bronze units issued during Cleopatra's reign are unknown. Based on the bronze Egyptian denominations of Augustus used not long after this coin was struck, this coin was a diobol.
SH16527. Bronze diobol, SGCV II 7957, BMC Ptolemies 2-3, RPC I 3091, Vagi 76, aVF, among the finest known, weight 13.127 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 0o, Paphos mint, c. 38 B.C.; obverse diademed and draped bust of Cleopatra VII right, as Aphrodite, holding scepter and infant; reverse KΛΕOΠATPAΣ BAΣIΛIΣΣHΣ, double cornucopia, joined at the bottom and bound with fillet, KYΠP monogram in lower right field; nice brown patina, among the finest known of this rare issue; rare; SOLD

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

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.||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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