Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Curtisimo, Aug 14, 2019.
..great write up and coin(s) @Curtisimo & all...
Galerius Maximinus as Hercules
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EDIT: This statue was in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples (not in Rome as I first wrote).
Constantine, struck c. 312
22 mm. RIC VI -- (Nicomedia 75 is the same reverse for Maximinus II).
Page 551 speculates why Constantine did not appear in this issue, but this example shows he really did-- it was just not known to the author of RIC VI. Similarly, CNG 49 lot 1708 is this type for Licinius, also not in RIC.
Great fun! Even having seen the statue in person I am still taken aback by the size of it. It is really a fantastic piece of ancient art.
The National Museums around Termini station were a highlight of Rome for for my wife and I when we were there last year. The museum wasn’t crowded when we went even on a rainy day and the part of the museum in the Baths of Diocletian seemed almost deserted. It was like having the objects all to ourselves.
Nice eye recognizing the Constantine / weary Hercules. Very interesting. I was also very impressed by the coin collection and display in the museum. When we were there they had some type of power outage and the lights went off completely and it was pitch black because it’s down in a basement with no windows. We were like “holy smokes what did I touch!” Luckily the lights came back on after a while and we were able to finish viewing the amazing coins.
In this pose Hercules holds the apples in front to the right, and the club is to the left. Perhaps based on an alternative ancient sculpture?
A slender Hercules on a rare Pius as RIC 922
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