Amazing coin with Ganymede from the Pergamonmuseum

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by ycon, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. ycon

    ycon Well-Known Member

    High on my want list for a long time has been a coin featuring Ganymede on the reverse. I've yet to achieve this goal, but in my research I came across this fascinating coin from Berlin. It features Zeus not in the form of an eagle, but in human form, kissing the Trojan prince. I have never seen this iconography on a coin before (its composition is reminiscent of many Greek vase paintings, however).


    All the information on wikipedia is "Berlin Pergamonmuseum, Münze RS Ganymed und Zeus, FO: Pergamon, kaiserzeitlich, VS: Septimius Severus, 197-211 u.Z."

    Has anyone come across this type before? Or have a reference for it? I'm assuming that this specimen may be unique if not incredibly rare. I'd love more information on it. Otherwise just enjoy this interesting type, and share your Ganymede's if you like (you'll make me jealous).
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  3. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Of no help here, but what an amazing coin! I wonder how Pergamum might have been connected to the legend of Ganymede for the city to issue such a unique depiction.
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  4. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    What an unusual and fantastic coin!! Added to my wish list.
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  5. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    It was pointed out to me by a friend several years ago that many reverse types show art (statue, fresco???) owned by the city that could be seen if you traveled there. In very few cases do we know, for example, if Pergamon owned the statue shown but it is something to research where possible.
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