Praying to the sun gods

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Nvb, Dec 15, 2019.

  1. Nvb

    Nvb Well-Known Member

    Winter is upon us.
    It has been grey and wet the last couple of weeks and I could really use some sunshine. Anyone else feeling that way?

    Maybe if we all post our sun gods at the same time we can move the needle ever so slightly =)

    Here's my offering, which just arrived in the mail last week:


    Caria, Rhodes. 250-229 BC.
    AR Didrachm
    Obverse: Radiate head of Helios, facing and slightly angled.
    Reverse: Rose with bud on right, Athena Nicéphore standing on the left accompanied with the letters P and O.
    6.58 g
    20.5 mm
    Ashton 208 - SNG Keckman 537 - HGC.6/1439
    Acquired from Odysseus Numismatics
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  3. TIF

    TIF Well that didn't last long :D Supporter

    Gorgeous example! Great centering.
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  4. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    I'm actually rather enjoying the rainy weather here in my part of the world, but sure, what the Helios...

    4070425 Hadrian Bi Tet - Helios Hermanubis.jpg

    And for good measure, let me throw in my little Sol-idus. :wacky:

    10a - $91-100 Byzantine Constantine VII Solidus clipped 01831q00b.jpg
  5. TIF

    TIF Well that didn't last long :D Supporter

    Bonus points for the clever way you worked that in :D.

    I'll toss in some Greek equivalents too:

    EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius
    year 8, 144/5 CE
    AE drachm, 32 mm, 22.43 gm, Zodiac series, Helios in Leo
    Obv: Laureate draped bust of Antoninus Pius right
    Rev: Helios (Sun) in Leo: Lion leaping right; above, radiate and draped bust of Helios and six-pointed star; [L H below]
    Ref: Köln 1495-6; Dattari (Savio) 2968; K&G 35.278; Emmett 1530.8
    Ex Thomas Bentley Cederlind

    EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius
    year 5, CE 141/2
    AE drachm, 20 gm
    Obv: Laureate draped bust of Antoninus Pius right
    Rev: Radiate and draped bust of Serapis-Pantheos (Serapis-Zeus-Ammon-Helios-Poseidon-Nilus) right, wearing calathus and horn of Ammon; trident and cornucopia behind; L-Є in right field
    Ref: Emmett 1676.5, R1

    EGYPT, Alexandria. Lucius Verus
    year 4, CE 163/4
    tetradrachm, 24 mm, 13.51 gm
    Obv: ΛAVPHΛI OVHPOCCEB; bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust left
    Rev: Radiate and draped bust of Serapis-Pantheos right, wearing calathus and horn of Ammon; trident behind shoulder; ∆/L in right field
    Ref: Emmett 2360 (4), R1; Köln 2148; Dattari (Savio) 9420; K&G 39.77
  6. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Sol/Helios/Oriens is always there to brighten the day of the ancient coin collector.
    Constantine I AE3
    Rhodes AE27 c.100 BC

    Maximinus Alexandria tetradrachm

    Aurelian ae antoninianus
  7. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..if i received the OP coin, my day would require sunglasses, no matter the weather...:)'s something that brightens up my cloudy world...:) cats xmas tree 2019 006.JPG
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  8. Shea19

    Shea19 Supporter! Supporter

    Probus, Antoninianus, Serdica mint, Radiate and mantled bust right, holding eagle-tipped scepter/ Rev. Sol in spread Quadriga holding whip, KAΓ in exergue, RIC 861 var.

    Antiochus II Theos, 261-246 BC. Tetradrachm (AR, 30 mm, 14.99 g), Seleukeia on the Tigris. Diademed head of Antiochos to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ - ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding arrow in his right hand and resting his left on grounded bow.

    And here’s my favorite photo I took a couple years ago from my hotel in Athens, of Apollo (or Helios) going to sleep for the night over the Acropolis.

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  9. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    Three more Sols from Constantine I:
    London mint, A.D. 310-312
    RIC 177 (var)
    Rev: COMITI AVGG NN - Sol, with whip and globe
    PLN in exergue; star in right field
    24 mm, 4.1 g.

    Cyzicus mint, A.D. 311-312
    RIC 92, var.
    Rev: SOLE IN-VICTO - Sol, radiate, wearing long robe and holding head of Serapis
    MKV in exergue; Γ in left field
    22 mm, 5.4 g.

    [​IMG]Ticinum mint, A.D. 312-313
    RIC 133
    Rev: SOLI INVI-C-TO COMITI - Sol, head facing forward, holding globe in left hand, raising right
    ST in exergue
    20 mm, 3.8 g.
  10. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Just remember -- the sun may be invisible ...

    ... but it remains invincible. Here's Sol Invictus:

    Aurelian AD 270-275.
    Roman silvered billon Antoninianus, 3.60 gm; 21.7 mm, 6 h.
    Rome mint, officina 9, issue 11, early – September AD 275.
    Obv: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate, cuirassed bust, right.
    Rev: ORIE-N-S AVG, Sol walking r., holding olive branch in r. hand and bow in l. hand, l. foot resting on a captive in oriental dress kneeling on the ground to r., head turned l., r. hand raised; * in left field, XXIR in exergue.
    Refs: RIC 64; MER/RIC temp 1834; RCV 11569; Hunter 23; Cohen 159; La Venera 1321-32.
  11. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Haven't seen anyone post a Gallienus yet, so I will :)
    This guy is not pretty by any standards but I like the color and portrait. This guy came out of one of the uncleaned lots I bought when I first started out last year.

    AE antoninianus
    Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate, draped bust right
    Reverse: SOLI INVICTO, Sol standing left, chlamys across left shoulder, holding globe, right hand raised.
  12. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Amen-Ra-Hotep


    Late to the party but here's a Gordie III with Sol!
  13. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Nice coins. Gloomy and cold here too...

    Hadrian with the decapitated heads of the sun and moon.

    Hadrian - Aeternit. w sun & moon denarius May 19 from lot (0).jpg

    Sunny Constantine.

    Constantine detail Dec 2018 (0).jpg

    And yep, a Gordie too:

    Gordian III Ant. ORIENS May 2018 (2).JPG
  14. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Excellent portrait of Helios:artist: and fun idea.
    CARIA. Rhodes.
    Drachm (Circa 88-84 BC). Kallixeinos, magistrate. Obv: Radiate head of Helios right.Rev: KAΛΛΙΞΕΙΝ / P - O. Rose with bud right. Control:kerykeion.
    Jenkins,GroupE, 244.Condition:Very fine.Weight:1.68 g. Diameter: 14 mm. nearly very fine
  15. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    OP coin is a stunner!
    Here's my very first ancient...
    Licinius I (RIC VII#155 Arles)-Unlisted AE Follis 20mm/3.43gr (Emperors name Misspelled)
    Obverse-IMP LICINVS PF AVG- laureate, cuirassed bust right
    Reverse-REV SOLI INVICTO COMITI- Sol standing right, looking left, chlamys across chest and over his left arm, holding globe and raising right hand. C-S across fields
    Exergue-PARL- minted 313-318AD Arles
  16. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter


    Bithynia Kios 250 BCE AE11 1.06g Laureate hd Mithra r Kantharos 2 grape bunches hanging K-I below within a wreath SNG Cop 382
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  17. Volodya

    Volodya Junior Member

    L. Mussidius Longus, 42 BC, Crawford 494/43a.

    Phil (149).JPG



    Phil Davis
  18. TIF

    TIF Well that didn't last long :D Supporter

    D'OH! How could I forget my glorious Sol of the Sewer? Yours is absolutely marvelous, certainly the best I've seen.

    Moneyer issues of Imperatorial Rome
    L. Mussidius Longus, 42 BCE

    AR denarius, 18 mm, 3.8 gm. Rome mint.
    Obv: Radiate and draped bust of Sol facing
    Rev: Shrine of Venus Cloacina: Circular platform surmounted by two statues of the goddess, each resting right hand on cippus, the platform inscribed CLOAC and ornamented with trellis-pattern balustrade, flight of steps and portico on left; L • MVSSIDIVS • LONGVS around above.
    Ref: Crawford 494/43b; CRI 189a; Sydenham 1094a; Kestner 3758-9 var. (CLOACIN); BMCRR Rome 4252-4; Mussidia 7a.
    Acquired from Barry Murphy at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money, Chicago
  19. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    .it tis a soon as i saw CLOAC(IN), i thought of yours :D
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  20. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

  21. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    Perseus Pseudo-Rhodian Drachm Unknown mint in Thessaly. Obv. Head of Helios 3/4 to the right Rv Rose Hermais Magistrate Price Larissa 247 2,63 grms 16 mm Photo by W. Hansen pseudorhodes2.jpg
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