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Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Caesarea, Cappadocia, TitusReverse
From the Lucas Harsh Collection.
Victoria or Nike, the Winged Goddess of Victory, personifies victory. She was described variously in different myths as the daughter of the Titan Pallas and the goddess Styx, and the sister of Kratos (Strength), Bia (Force), and Zelus (Zeal). Nike and her siblings were close companions of Zeus. According to classical (later) myth, Styx brought them to Zeus when the god was assembling allies for the Titan War. Nike assumed the role of the divine charioteer, a role in which she often is portrayed in Classical Greek art. Nike flew around battlefields rewarding the victors with glory and fame, symbolized by a wreath of laurel leaves.RY86441. Silver didrachm, RPC II 1648 (9 spec.); Sydenham Caesarea 90; Metcalf Cappadocia p. 92, 2; SNG Cop 185 var. (Nike flying, no line); SNG Fitz 5427 var. (same), VF, superb local style portrait, attractive toning, part of obverselegend weak, small encrustation, reverse a little off center, weight 6.384 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 0o, Cappadocia, Caesarea (Kayseri, Turkey) mint, 76 - 77 A.D.; obverse AYTOKPA KAICAP OYECΠACIANOC CEBACTOC, laureate bust of Vespasian right; reverse NIKH CEBACTH, Nike walking right on ground line (base?), wreath in extended right hand, palm over left shoulder in left hand; from the Lucas Harsh Collection; scarce; $230.00 (Ä195.50)
Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
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.RX86439. Billontetradrachm, Geissen 276; Milne 393; BMC Alexandria p. 29, 236; Curtis 262; Emmett 205, RPC I 2412; Dattari 360 corr. (obv. leg.), VF, well centered, porous, edge cracks, weight 13.323 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 69 - 28 Aug 70 A.D.; obverse AYTOK KAIΣ ΣEBA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY, laureate head right, LB (year 2) before; reverseVictory flying left, filleted wreath in extended right hand, palm frond in left hand; from the Lucas Harsh Collection, ex Vaughn Rare Coin Gallery; $80.00 (Ä68.00)
Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Tribute Penny of Matthew 22:20-21
Jesus, referring to a "penny" asked, "Whose is this image and superscription?" When told it was Caesar, He said, ''Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:20-21). Since Tiberius was Caesar at the time, this denariustype is attributed by scholars as the "penny" referred to in the Bible.SH54544. Silver denarius, Giard Lyon, group 4, 150; RIC I 30 (C); BMCRE I 48; RSC II 16a; SRCV I 1763, F, weight 2.943 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, c. 18 - 35 A.D.; obverseTI CAESARDIVI AVG FAVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reversePONTIF MAXIM (high priest), Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with decorated legs, a single line below, long scepter vertical behind in her right hand, branch in left hand, feet on footstool; from the Lucas Harsh collection; SOLD