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1.--IMP. CAESARI. TRAIANO. AVG. GER. DA.--Laureate head of the Emperor.
Pellerin, in referring to this example, says--This medal in particular servers to prove that Vaillant (who has edited no medals of Parium under Trajan,) and other antiquaries have been wrong in attributing certain medals [viz., those with the initial letters separate, C.G.I.H.P.] to the city of Hippo, in Africa, and he asserts that all such, as well as the above, belong to Parium, in Mysia. (Mélange, i. 270.) - See Hippo.
2. --ANTONINVS AVG.-- Head of Antoninus crowned with laurel.
Rev. C. G. I. H. P. A colonist driving two oxen.
Vaillant furnishes no coins of Parium under Antonine; but here Belley gives one dedicated to the immediate successor of Hadrian, and we see H. added to the other letters (C.G.I.P.) inscribed on the coin of Trajan above described.
On coins of M. Aurelius, Commodus, and Caracalla, is the type of Ceres walking with a lighted torch in each hand, accompanied by the separated initial letters C.G.I.H.P.A. All these Vaillant assigns to the city of Hippo. But Pellerin, with greater shew of probability, affirms them to be of Parium, adding "on n'en connoit point de la colonie d'Hippo."
The only coin which Vaillant assigns to Parium is a second brass of M. Aurelius, which has for the type of its reverse a woman, clothed in the stola, standing with a military ensign in the right hand, and a horn of plenty in the left. The legend is one respecting which there can be no mistake viz., COL. PARIA. IVL. AVG. Doubtless to be read Colonia Pariana Julia Augusta.
Among the colonial coins of Commodus apparently unknown to Vaillant, but given by Pellerin, who for the reasons above alluded to attributes them all to Parium, are the following:--A youthful and beardless male figure is seated, and before him is an ox, which seems to be holding up one of his fore feet to him, as if it were wounded, and the animal was praying the man to cure him.
This coin, and some others of Commodus and Gallienus, bearing a similar type, were edited by the Abbé Belley in one of his dissertations, and the interpretation of the legend, as offered by him, is DEO AESCulapio SVBvenienti.--Pellerin, on the other hand, reads it DEO AESCulapio SVBurbano.
The other types of this colony given by Pellerin to supply the omissions in Vaillant are
These different coins are inscribed C.G.I.H.PA., or PAR. or PARIA.--And it deserves remark that there are points between the first four letters of the legend, but none between PA. and PAR., which are at the end. "This circumstance (says Pellerin) serves to show that each of them belongs to the colony of Parium, and the more convincingly so as, in their form and workmanship, they resemble other medals, whose legend is terminated by the entire word PARIANA.
M. Dumersan gives from the Allier de Hanteroche cabinet the following brass coin of this colony (in Pl. xii. No. 15).
Vaillant appears to have been unaware that there were coins of Cornelia Supera struck in the colonies, but Pellerin has edited one, which he assigns to Parium, in his Recueil, tom. 1, p. xxi., and gives an engraving of it, on account of its singularity, in p. 207--as follows: Gnea CORNElia SVPERa AVG. Head of the Empress. --Rev.: C. G. H. I. P. A capricorn with globe between its feet, and a cornucopia on its back.