The tale / legend of Romulus & Remus

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  1. MarcusAntonius

    MarcusAntonius Well-Known Member

    Sestertius Macrinus.jpg

    Sestertius Macrinus II.jpg

    Sestertius Macrinus I.jpg

    A interesting theme, the founding of the city of Rome and eventually the Roman Empire did start here. So according to the legend this is the source, the whole thing started here with the vendetta between those Geminis and the upbringing by a She-wolf.

    Rev. C G I H / PAR

    Love the story and this large Sestertius made out of Orichalcum as well (nearly 32 mm). Did not find a second example of this coin in this condition and not even one close, checking the registers do I get the impression that this Sestertius minted from Mysia - Parium is rare, found one identical coin of the same dies. There are other and more breathtaking coins with this theme as well (for example the Antonius Pius Sestertius, Hadrian Aureus), what is your favorite Romulus & Remus coin?
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  3. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    Imagine if Remus had survived out of the two twins, the Reman empire, the Reman numerals, Remance languages and so on! Lupa.jpg
  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Sex. Pompeius Fostlus. (137 B.C.)
    AR Denarius
    O: Helmeted head of Roma right; jug behind.
    R: The shepard Faustulus discovering the she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus; three birds in branches of fig tree behind.
    Sear 112; Crawford 235/1c; Sydenham 461a; Pompeia 1a.
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  5. Hrefn

    Hrefn Well-Known Member

    Late Roman bronzes are not my primary interest but this coin is iconic. And the wolf is so cute.
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  7. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    2 of the VRBS ROMA from my collection, one being a very interesting unofficial imitation

    Same image on a banknote from Romania - 5.000.000 Lei from 1947
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  8. Alegandron

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


    RR Anon AE Sextans 217-215 BCE She-Wolf Twins Eagle Syd 95 Cr 39-3 S 609 Scarce

    SHE-WOLF (on my desk)

  9. PlanoSteve

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    Yes, adorable! :D:p:joyful:;)
  10. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Supporter! Supporter

    She-Wolf...hmm,...couldn't they just say "wolf" & we could infer which kind? And maybe the wolf identifies as "gender neutral" (I don't know what the current term for that is...:smuggrin:) & would object to being called "she"...:D:p:cool::rolleyes:o_O
  11. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Here is my Wolf.... 6AAD20A5-B8C4-4E7D-9977-CDAA485BDFD1.jpeg
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  12. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    A pretty great quality rendition from post-Roman England
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  13. MarcusAntonius

    MarcusAntonius Well-Known Member

    Nice paper press over there, it's a very appealing theme.
    Good example of the anonymous sextans, it's certainly scarce!
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  14. MarcusAntonius

    MarcusAntonius Well-Known Member

    Want to say thank you for sharing all these She-wolf Gemini coins, in ancient times did they find them certainly a very fascinating theme as well. There are just so many varieties: Provincial, Republican, Imperial Sestertius, Imperial aureus, Celtic / barbarous, autonomous reigns, recent ages medaillon's, etc.
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  15. Archeocultura

    Archeocultura Well-Known Member

    One for the road: Antoninus Pius denarius. RIC 95 var III Antoninus Pius 0095 var wolf and twins 7-0281.jpg
  16. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Another Pius with laureate head, and on reverse she-wolf standing right within cave, suckling twins Remus and Romulus.
    VRBS ROMA - Thessalonica
    VRBS ROMA - Heraclea
  17. MarcusAntonius

    MarcusAntonius Well-Known Member

    More and more attractive coins are being placed here, hope that a proud owner of a Aureus is watching as well, there are some astonishing examples in gold or maybe another (secretly hidden) exemplar of my Sestertius minted in Mysia - Parium as well?

    Personally do I find the following Sestertius very appealing, a Antonius Pius and the used material is Orichalcum as well. Not in collection (not yet).

    Romulus & Remus.jpg
  18. Kentucky

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    Statue in Eden Park, Cincinnati
  19. DonnaML

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    A photo I took in Rome in 2008:

    DML photo Rome 2008 - Wolf and Romulus & Remus.jpg

    Anonymous, Roma w/wolf & twins (Crawford 287/1)

    Anonymous denarius (Roma seated) combined image 1.jpg

    Philip I wolf & twins

    Philip I - Wolf jpg version.jpg

    Constantine I, VRBS ROMA:

    COMBINED Constantine I VRBS ROMA.jpg
  20. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale Well-Known Member

    I was lucky enough to go to Rome on a family jaunt many years ago. I was 9 the first time we travelled through Germany, France, and Italy. I walked in the fountain used for the movie "Three Coins in a Fountain" which was also a song. My father had to do some quick talking to keep me out of some type of detention program. They didn't and probably still don't like Americans that think they own everything. I was 9 years old. I saw the statue of Romulas and Remis. We went down in the catacombs. My sister dared me to stick my arm in one of the openings that were used for burial. I went up the Tower of Pisa. (This was 1856) We were able to walk on the outside walkway then. Boy, did I have a ball. We travelled in a 1950 Studebaker Commander 4 Door Sedan. We went on the beach of the Mediterranean Sea. We were quickly rushed off the beach when my father found out it was a topless beach. I was too young to understand what the hubbub was about. There were so U.S. Navy ships off the coast. I'm sure they were getting an eye full.
    Anyway, Italy is my favorite country aside from the U.S. We went to a museum and saw many things that I was too young to appreciate.
    Thank you for your coins. They brought back many special memories.
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  21. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    Some statues from Romania.

    Alba Iulia

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