Telesphoros, the magical healing dwarf

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  1. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Sorting through the more interesting coins from a couple bulk lots

    Lydia, Akrasos
    Pseudo-autonomous issue
    Minted ca. Severan era (190-240)
    Lydia akrasos AE herakles telesphoros.jpg
    Obv: Head of Herakles right
    Rev: AKΡACIΩTΩN, Cloaked Telesphoros facing

    So what the heck is a Telesphoros?

    Telesphoros was originally a Celtic god, who by way of cultural exchange came to be associated to the Roman pantheon as a son of Asclepius. Usually depicted as a dwarf or child in a cloak and pointed hat, his domain was convalescence; the transition from sickness to well-being.




    Have any with this obscure minor god? Let's see them!
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  3. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    What a coincidence-- I posted mine less than an hour ago but here it is again:

    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
  4. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Interesting one, @Finn235 ! Neat write-up, too, with the contemporary sculptures.

    I only have this one:

    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.
  5. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    OMG! They killed Kenny!


    And then they made him some kind of creepy little god?!?

    AE19. 3.55g, 18.7mm. THRACE, Philippopolis, circa AD 218-222. Varbanov 1795 var. (obv. legend). O: AVT K M AVP ANTΩNINOC, laureate head right. R: ΦΙΛΙΠΠOΠOΛEITΩN NEΩKO-PΩN, Telesphoros standing facing, wearing cucullus.
  6. Alegandron

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

    LOL! My thoughts!
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  7. Very interesting coins @Finn235, @TIF, @Roman Collector, and @zumbly ! I'll have to look for this reverse. Never had heard of Telesphorus until today, as a matter of fact.
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  8. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Nice coins all, but that detail on @TIF 's provincial is great!
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  9. Brian Bucklan

    Brian Bucklan Well-Known Member

    Nice examples all. Here's another from Gordus-Julia, Lydia

    Gordus-Julia Herakles Telesphorus 2.jpg
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