Something for my winter cold

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Nerva, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. Nerva

    Nerva Well-Known Member

    382508.l.jpg I'm suffering from a winter cold. Fortunately I just got this to comfort me. Not only Asclepius, god of medicine, but also his little helper Telesphorus. I love the unusual front-facing portrait. Feeling better already.

    CARACALLA (198-217). Denarius. Rome.

    RIC 253 corr. (Asclepius head left).
    Weight: 2.83 g.
    Diameter: 19 mm.
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  3. Roman Collector

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    Get well soon! Here are a couple more Severan Dynasty coins to help with healing.

    One from Caracalla's dad:

    Severus Asklepios.jpg
    Septimius Severus, AD 193-211.
    Roman Provincial Æ 20.5 mm, 5.63 gm.
    Bithynia, Nicaea AD 193-211.
    Obv: ΑΥ ΚΛ CΕΠ CΕΥΗΡΟC CEB, laureate head, right.
    Rev: ΝΙΚΑΙΕΩΝ, Asklepios standing facing, head left, holding serpent-staff.
    Ref: Waddington/Babelon/Reinach, Recueil général des monnaies grecques d'Asie mineure, no. 333, citing a retouched specimen in Milan, AE 21 with illegible obverse legend.

    And one from Caracalla's creepy first cousin once removed:

    Elagabalus Marcianopolis Telesphoros.jpg
    Elagabalus, AD 218-222.
    Roman provincial Æ assarion, 2.36 g, 16.1 mm, 12 h.
    Moesia Inferior, Marcianopolis, AD 218-222.
    Obv: ΑVΤ Κ Μ ΑVΡ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΝΟC, laureate head, right.
    Rev: ΜΑΡΚΙΑΝΟΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ, Telesphoros standing facing, wearing hooded cloak.
    Refs: AMNG I 910; Varbanov 1421-22; Moushmov 652; SNG Budapest 191.
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  4. Nerva

    Nerva Well-Known Member

    Thank you! I’ve been looking for one of those Telesphoros reverses for a while. Really great type.
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  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Sharp Caracalla! That front-facing Asclepius is indeed cool. I don't have Asclepius, so how about Salus?

    (Wretched image from my flatbed scanner days)

    And in honor of your username, a handshake with Nerva.

  6. Nerva

    Nerva Well-Known Member

    Salus is good. Not sure Nerva would want to shake my hand just now ;-)
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  7. SeptimusT

    SeptimusT Well-Known Member

    Here's an as of Rubrius Dossenus. You can just make out the snake wrapped around the column between the heads of Janus, and its head poking out above. It was supposed to help cure Rome of its plague, though considering how it turned out for the side that produced the coin maybe it's best you don't rely on its help...

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    L. Rubrius Dossenus, 87 BC, AE As.
    Obv: Laureate head of Janus, altar with serpent coiled around it between
    Rev: Prow of galley right, RVBRI DOSSEN above
    Crawford 348/5
  8. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo Temporarily Away

    Great Caracalla @Nerva . The reverse is especially interesting and, as you say, very appropriate to your situation. Get well soon!

    Here are a couple of recent Severan purchases for the thread.

    Caracalla's father, Septimius Severus

    ...and his brother, Geta
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  9. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    May Asklepios and his flying serpent cure your ills :)

    THRACE, Pautalia. Caracalla
    CE 198-217
    AE29, 16.4 gm
    Obv: AYT K M AY CEY ANTΩNEINOC; Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
    Rev: OYΛΠIAC ΠAYTAΛIAC; Asklepios seated right on back of winged serpent
    Ref: Varbanov 5007

    And his creepy little sidekick:

    MOESIA INFERIOR. Marcianopolis. Elagabalus (218-222)
    AE 17, 2.5 gm
    Obv: AVT K M AVP ANTΩNINOC; laureate head right.
    Rev: MAPKIANOΠOΛITΩN; Telesphorus standing facing.
    Ref: Varbanov 1422.

    I hope you feel better soon :). Fantastic denarius-- I love that facing version of Asklepios!
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