Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by 7Calbrey, Jun 5, 2020.
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Julia Domna AD 193-217.
Roman provincial Æ 23 mm, 11.12g.
Moesia Inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, legate Aurelius Gallus, AD 201-203.
Obv: IOVΛIA ΔOMNA CE, draped bust right.
Rev: VΠ AVΡ ΓAΛΛOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠΡOC ICTΡON, Magna Mater (Cybele) riding lion right, holding scepter and tympanum.
Refs: H&J, Nikopolis 18.104.22.168; Varbanov 2894 (same dies); AMNG --; Moushmov --; SNG Copenhagen --; BMC Thrace --; Lindgren --; Mionnet --.
Cool! I have Dionysus on a panther, too, but not looking in the opposite direction of the creature.
Are you sure she's riding backward? It looks more to me like she might be riding side-saddle, like Dea Caelestis in this coin -- in other words, that both her legs are on the same side of the lion:
Septimius Severus, AR Denarius 203-204 AD, Rome Mint. Obv. Laureate head right, SEVERVS PIVS AVG / Dea Caelestis in headdress riding on lion right, holding thunderbolt & scepter; below, water gushing from rocks left; INDVLGENTIA AVGG; in exergue: IN CARTH [probable reference to water project in Carthage]. RIC IV-1 266, RSC III 222, Sear RCV II 6285. 18x20 mm., 3.9 g.
Gordian III. 238-244 AD. THRACE, Hadrianopolis. Æ (27mm, 10.69 gm, 1h). Obv: AVT K M ANT ΓO-ΡΔIANOC AV, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind. AΔΡ-IA-NO-ΠOLEITΩN (ΩΝ ligate), Dionysos reclining left, holding scepter, on Panther walking right. Mionnet Supp. II pg. 329, 778 var. (bust type); Varbanov 4003 (R5); SNG Copenhagen__.
A follow-up question: never mind riding backward or forward, are there Greek or Roman coins (or art in general) showing women -- whether humans or goddesses -- riding horses astride rather than side-saddle? Other than Amazons? (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Amazone_Staatliche_Antikensammlungen_2342.jpg) And not counting Celtic coins? (See https://www.pinterest.com/pin/506303183091266941/.)
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