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)
    AE13
    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.

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    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:

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    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:

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    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!

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

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    ELAGABALUS
    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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