Bring me the head of Serapis!!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by zumbly, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Our @Eng here calls this the 'Head on a platter' look, and I can think of no better name for the type.

    The variety with Genius holding the head of Sol was the first Tetrarchic period coin I bought, so naturally, the one with the head of Serapis has been on my want list. A recent auction served up this example to me... on a platter, so to speak :D.

    Do feel free to share your coins showing Serapis, even if it's just his head.

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    MAXIMINUS II DAIA
    AE Follis
    5.1g, 21mm
    Alexandria mint, AD 312-313
    RIC 160b
    O: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG, laureate head right.
    R: GENIO AVGVSTI, Genius standing left, holding head of Serapis in right hand, cornucopia in left; star, N and palm-branch in left field, gamma in right, ALE in exergue.

    And the Sol companion piece...
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    MAXIMINUS II DAIA
    AE Follis
    4.65g, 21mm
    Antioch mint, 309-313 AD
    RIC 164b
    O: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG, laureate head right.
    R: GENIO AVGVSTI, Genius standing left, holding head of Sol in right hand, cornucopia in left; star and Z in field, ANT in exergue.
    Ex Phillip Davis Collection
     
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Beautiful additions, congrats.
     
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  4. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    Great coins. At one point, I did some some research as to why you find Genius holding heads of Sol or Serapis on the coinage. There don't seem to be any corollary portrayals in statuary or frescoes. I came up empty-handed. It's apparently a motif unique to the coinage of the various Tetrachies.
     
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  5. Hispanicus

    Hispanicus Stand Fast!

    Zumbly, thanks for clearing up the head identity. I have a Max II DAIA from Alexandra similar to your example and always wondered whose head that might be.
     
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  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Outstanding for both.
     
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  7. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    I love that reverse type! Awesome coin zumbly.
     
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  8. Pishpash

    Pishpash Well-Known Member

    My example is Licinius I like the colours. This is on Wildwinds.

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    Licinius I
    Coin: Bronze Follis
    IMP LIC LICINNIVS P F AVG - Laureate head right
    GENIO AVGVSTI - Genius standing left, holding head of Serapis and cornucopia; palm branch-N-* in left field, wreath-gamma in right field
    Mint: Alexandria (AD 313)
    Wt./Size/Axis: 4.10g / 21mm / -
    References:
    • RIC VI Alexandria 162a
     
  9. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    man, those details are sharp as a tack Z.

    here is a alexandrian tet of maximian, reverse show alexandria with serapis....or his head anyway.

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  10. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    Wonderful 'head on a platter' types, regardless of whose head it actually depicts!! lol

    I'm still in the 'hunt' for those types.....but I may have won an example of a 'Serapis' during the last few months---I certainly bid on more than a few. I'll have to double check if a 'budget' example slipped through.
     
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  11. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Wow, Z. Those are magnificent.
     
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  12. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Thanks for the coinpliments, everyone.

    @Pishpash - love the colours on your coin, too!
     
  13. Eng

    Eng Senior Eng

    The details on these coins are awesome Z, the hair lines, the fields, way cool. love the series, many different types. Wow!!

    Philip l246/247 AD.
    Ae, Tet.
    Alexandria standing, holding head of Serapis.

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    headless _opt.jpg I think they are talking to each other..:eek:
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  14. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  15. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Wow, there are bunches of desirable coins in this thread! I want one :D.
     
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  16. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    Yeah, me too !!!!
     
  17. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    Here's my Sol...
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    Do you tell the difference by the crown?
     
  18. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    Yes. Sol is radiate, Serapis sports a modius.
     
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  19. maridvnvm

    maridvnvm Well-Known Member

    Probus, Billon tetradrachm
    Obv:– A K M AVR PROBOC CEB, Laureate draped bust right
    Rev:– None, Bust of Serapis right
    Minted in Alexandria Egypt. L - E | _ Year 5. A.D. 279-280
    Reference:– Milne 4605. Curtis X-1889, Emmett 3993(5) R4. BMC -. Dattari 5544

    A rare type for Probus

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  20. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    I can't recall ever seeing an example of that type of Probus...That's a fantastic find Martin!!!
     
  21. maridvnvm

    maridvnvm Well-Known Member

    Maximinus II Daia - Follis
    Obv:– IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG, Laureate head right
    Rev:– GENIO AVGVSTI, Genius, naked but for chlamys fastened at his right shoulder and hanging from his left shoulder, standing facing, head left, wearing modius, holding head of Serapis, which faces him, in right hand and ornate cornucopia in left arm behind
    Minted in Alexandria (* / N / Branch | B / ALE).
    Reference:– RIC VI Alexandria 160b

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