Leda and the Swan

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  1. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    Stunning ‘sensual’ queen fresco discovered in Pompeii


    Severus Alexander. 222-235 AD. Bithynia, Nikomedia. Æ (19mm,3.28 gm, 2h). Obv: M AVP CEV AΛEXANΔΡOC AVΓ, radiate draped bust right. Rev NIKOMIΔ-EΩN DIC NEΩ(KORΩN in exergue), Leda standing facing, head right and holding drapery, which Zeus, in the guise of a swan, seizes her robe in an attempt to disrobe and rape her...and finally succeeds. Leda subsequently gave birth to Polydeukes (and Helen?). SNG Copenhagen__-; SNG von Aulock__-; BMC Pontus, etc.__-; Waddington, Rec. Gen. I 3, 557, 316, pl. 96, 22; Mionnet Supp. V pg. 206, 1220. Notwithstanding the absence from many major references, I have seen about six examples in sales over the last four years.
    The only Roman Provincial coin depicting this scene.

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  3. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    That's very cool!

    .. and that Leda was one freaky lady!
  4. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    This is why I love provincial coins! What a great "story coin", Pete. :)
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  5. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Nice! I love the depiction of this mythological type. I’ve seen a couple of those that have come up for sale but have not been able to snag one yet.
  6. ominus1

    ominus1 When in Rome, do as the Romans do Supporter

    very collectible coin..nice!:)
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