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Hephaestus or Vulcan

Blacksmith to the Gods; god of fire and the forge. Son of Zeus and Hera or, according to some traditions, of Hera alone.


Malaka, Iberia, c. 250 - 200 B.C.

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Malaka (today MŠlaga in Andalusia, Spain) was founded by Phoenicians from Tyre, c. 770 B.C. The name was likely derived from the Phoenician word for salt referring to salting of fish near the harbor. Malaka came under Carthaginian and then Roman rule. Malaca (the city's Latin name) flourished under Roman rule. A Roman theater was constructed. Malaca fell to the Visigoths but was recovered by Byzantine Empire 550 - 621.
GB71892. Bronze half unit, Villaronga-Benages 794 (R9), SNG BM Spain 385, Villaronga CNH 101/16, F, green patina, corrosion, pitting, earthen deposits, weight 3.541 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 0o, Malaka mint, c. 250 - 200 B.C.; obverse head of Vulcan right, wearing conical cap, tongs and neo-punic 'mlk' behind; reverse tetrastyle temple, statue in center, pellet in pediment; rare; $60.00 (Ä51.00)


Valerian I, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D.

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Vulcan is the Roman god of fire, including the fire of volcanoes. Vulcan is often depicted with a blacksmith's hammer. The festival of Vulcan, the Vulcanalia was celebrated on 23 August each year, when the summer heat placed crops and granaries at the greatest risk of burning. The Romans identified Vulcan with the Greek smith-god Hephaestus, and he became associated like his Greek counterpart with the constructive use of fire in metalworking.
RS64696. Silver antoninianus, GŲbl MIR 884d, RIC V-1 5, Hunter IV 56, SRCV III 9934, RSC IV 50d var. (no cuirass), VF, toned, irregular oval flan, struck with a worn reverse die, weight 2.606 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 0o, Colonia Agrippina (Cologne) mint, 2nd emission, 258 - 259 A.D.; obverse VALERIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse DEO VOLKANO, Vulcan standing left within hexastyle temple, hammer raised in right hand, tongs downward in left, anvil on ground at feet left; scarce; $40.00 (Ä34.00)


Roman Republic, Dictatorship of Julius Caesar, T. Carisius, c. 46 B.C.

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"This remarkable type celebrates the Roman mint itself which was located adjacent to the temple of Juno Moneta on the Arx summit of the Capitoline Hill. -- Roman Coins and Their Values, Millennium Edition, Volume One by David R Sear
SH09049. Silver denarius, SRCV I 447, RSC I Carisia 1, Crawford 464/2, Sydenham 982a, gVF, weight 3.56 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, obverse MONETA, head of Juno Moneta right, hair in knot, earring and necklace, one lock of hair falls down on her neck; reverse TēCARISIVS above minting implements, die as wreathed cap of Vulcan above anvil, between tongue and hammer; all in wreath; SOLD







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