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Peacocks on Ancient Coins

Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D., Commemorative struck by Elagabalus

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RS37817. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7651, RIC IV Severus Alexander 715, BMCRE V Elagabalus 9, RSC III J. Domna 24, VF, some roughness, weight 2.206 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, reign of Caracalla, 218 A.D.; obverse DIVA IVLIA AVGVSTA, veiled and draped bust right; reverse CONSECRATIO, peacock walking left, fanned tail; very rare; SOLD


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.

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SH08960. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV C585, VF, weight 18.47 g, maximum diameter 30.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 211 - 217 A.D.; obverse IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair in waved horizontal ridges; reverse IVNONEM S C, Juno standing left, veiled, patera in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand; peacock at feet on left standing left; scarce; SOLD


Julia Mamaea, Augusta 13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.

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On 11 March 222, Elagabalus was assassinated, along with his mother, Julia Soaemias, by the Praetorian Guard. Their mutilated bodies were dragged through the streets of Rome before being thrown into the Tiber. Severus Alexander succeeded Elagabalus. He was only 13 years old, his mother, Julia Avita Mamaea, governed the Roman Empire with the help of Domitius Ulpianus and a council of 16 senators.
SH86668. Silver denarius, RIC IV 343, RSC III 35, BMCRE VI 43, Hunter III 1, SRCV II 8212, FDC, as struck, lustrous, perfect centering, sharp detail, radiating flow lines, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.289 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 11 Mar - 31 Dec 222 A.D.; obverse IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right; reverse IVNO CONSERVATRIX, Juno standing half left, veiled, patera in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, peacock right at feet on left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Harlan J. Berk; SOLD


Mariniana, Died c. 253 A.D., Wife of Valerian I

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SH00371. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-1 6 (R), RSC IV 16, Hunter IV 1, SRCV III 10070, superb EF, weight 3.8 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 254 A.D.; obverse DIVAE MARINIANAE, veiled and draped bust, hair in horizontal ridges, no diadem, crescent behind shoulders; reverse CONSECRATIO, Diva Mariniana seated on a peacock flying right, taking her to the heavens, veiled, raising right hand, scepter in left hand; rare; SOLD


Crispina, Wife of Commodus, Augusta 178 - 182 A.D.

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Juno was the chief female divinity in the Roman pantheon, the protector and special counselor of the Roman state, and a member of the Capitoline Triad. She was a daughter of Saturn, the sister and wife of Jupiter, and the mother of Juventas, Mars, and Vulcan. She had many different aspects, such as Juno Moneta, Juno Sospita, and Juno Lucina, but here she is depicted as Juno Regina, "Juno the Queen." Juno is usually shown holding a patera, scepter or a statuette of Athena, and is often accompanied by a peacock. Her Greek equivalent is Hera.
RS85556. Silver denarius, RIC III 283, RSC II 21, BMCRE IV 41, Hunter II 10, SRCV II 6001, Choice aEF, excellent centering and strike with attractive radiating flow lines, nice portrait, some reverse die wear, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.118 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 180 - 182 A.D.; obverse CRISPINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse IVNO, Juno standing facing, veiled, head left, patera in right hand, long scepter in left hand, peacock left at feet on left; scarce; SOLD


Julia Mamaea, Augusta 13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.

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When Severus Alexander succeeded Elagabalus, he was only 13 years old. His mother, Julia Avita Mamaea, governed the Roman Empire with the help of Domitius Ulpianus and a council of 16 senators.
SL70859. Silver denarius, RIC IV 343, RSC III 35, BMCRE VI 43, Hunter III 1, SRCV II 8212, NGC Ch AU (Choice about Uncirculated), strike 5/5, surface 5/5 (4100492-002), weight 2.71 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 11 Mar - 31 Dec 222 A.D.; obverse IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right; reverse IVNO CONSERVATRIX, Juno standing half left, veiled, patera in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, peacock right at feet on left; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati collection; SOLD


Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius

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The pulvinar (plural pulvinaria) was a special couch used for displaying images of the gods, that they might receive offerings at ceremonies such as the lectisternium or supplicatio. In the famous lectisternium of 217 B.C., on orders of the Sibylline books, six pulvinaria were arranged, each for a divine male-female pair. By extension, pulvinar can also mean the shrine or platform housing several of these couches and their images. At the Circus Maximus, the couches and images of the gods were placed on an elevated pulvinar to "watch" the games.
RS01677. Silver denarius, RIC III AP353, RSC II 61, BMCRE IV AP384, SRCV II 4579, Choice EF, light toning, weight 3.63 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, posthumous, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right, hair elaborately waived and banded, drawn up at the back and piled in a round coil at top; reverse AETERNITAS, pulvinar of Juno: draped throne, against which rests scepter; in front peacock; SOLD


Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius

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Antoninus Pius wrote of his wife Faustina, "I would rather live with her on Gyara [an island of exile] than without her in the palace." Sadly, Faustina died just two years into his 23 year reign. At his request, the Senate deified her, and he minted a massive series of commemorative coins in her honor.
RS81494. Silver denarius, RIC III AP384, RSC II 175, BMCRE IV AP473, SRCV II 4594, aEF, attractive toning, weight 3.263 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, posthumous, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right, hair elaborately waived and banded, drawn up at the back and piled in a round coil at top; reverse CONSECRATIO, peacock walking right, head left; attractive toning; SOLD


Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius

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RB29348. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III MA1704, Cohen III 74, SRCV II 5229, aVF, weight 18.794 g, maximum diameter 28.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, struck under Marcus Aurelius, 176 - 177 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA PIA, draped bust right; reverse CONSECRATIO S C, facing peacock with spread wings and tail, standing in front of throne against which rests scepter; SOLD


Mariniana, Died c. 253 A.D., Wife of Valerian I

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SH03357. Silvered antoninianus, Hunter IV 4, RSC IV 4, RIC V-1 4 (S), SRCV III 10068, VF, rainbow toning, flan flaw, weight 3.1 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 257 A.D.; obverse DIVAE MARINIANAE, veiled and draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair slightly waved, crescent behind shoulders; reverse CONSECRATIO, Peacock facing in splendor, head looking right; ex Wayne Sayles; scarce; SOLD




  




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