I am really happy I was able to win both of these.
JULIA DOMNA, wife of Septimius Severus.
AR Denarius Struck 196-211 AD.
Laodicea ad Mare mint.
Obverse: IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right
Reverse: SAECVLI FE-LICITAS, Isis standing right, left foot on prow, holding Horus; rudder behind.
RIC IV 645 (Severus); BMCRE 618 (Severus); RSC 174
For those of you who don't know what's going on with the reverse type, Horus was the main god of the Ancient Egyptians, Isis was the mother (and Osiris, the father). I have been very interested in Ancient Egyptian mythology long before I even collected coins. Needless to say, when I discovered this coin, I immediatly desired one. I just had to wait for the right time (and a price I could pay).
And, if that wasn't enough...it's not even the best of the two...
The MOJO, my new all time favorite coin design:
L. Cossutius C.f. Sabula. Ca. 74 BC.
AR denarius, Rome
Obverse: Winged head of Medusa left, SABVLA behind
Reverse: Bellerophon on Pegasus rearing right,hurling spear, L COSSVTI C F below, control numeral above
Crawford 395/1. Sydenham 790. RSC Cossutia 1. RCTV 331.
For those of you that don't know, I simply love Medusa coinage. This coin depicts a winged head Medusa bust portrait. Pegasus on the reverse isn't too bad either .