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The rooster heralded the soul of the dead and was a guide to the underworld. This is why roosters were ritually sacrificed to Asclepios, son of Apollo and god of medicine, the god who healed and even brought the dead back to life. This also explains why the rooster is attributed to Hermes, the messenger who travels the three levels of the cosmos.RP86521. Bronze AE 13, SNG BnF 1069 var. (rev.legend) and cf. 1067 (obversebust left, same reverse die), SNG Cop 16 var. (rev.legend), VF, light cleaning scratches, weight 1.562 g, maximum diameter 13.9 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch in Pisidia (Yalvac, Turkey) mint, 138 - 192 A.D.; obverse ANTIOCHI, bare-headed draped bust of Hermes right, caduceus across shoulder; reverse COLON, rooster standing right; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; scarce; $125.00 (Ä106.25)
Antiocheia, Pisidia, 138 - 192 A.D.
A temple of MÍn has been excavated at Antioch, Pisidia. Luna, the Greek moon goddess, was female, which seems natural because the female menstrual cycle follows the lunar month. But MÍn was a male moon-god, probably originally of the indigenous non-Greek Karian people. By Roman times, MÍn was worshiped across Anatolia and in Attica. He was associated with fertility, healing, and punishment. MÍn is usually depicted with a crescent moon behind his shoulders, wearing a Phrygian cap, and holding a lance or sword in one hand and a pine-cone or patera in the other. His other attributes include the bucranium and cock.RP86522. Bronze AE 13, Kryzanowska table 22 (uncertain dies), SNG BnF 1069 var. (legends), SNG Cop 16 var. (legends), SNGvA -, VF, well centered, slightly rough, weight 1.556 g, maximum diameter 13.2 mm, die axis 270o, Antioch in Pisidia (Yalvac, Turkey) mint, 138 - 192 A.D.; obverse ANTIOC, draped bust of MÍn right, on crescent, wearing Phrygian cap; reverseCOLONIA, rooster standing right; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; scarce; $125.00 (Ä106.25)
Dikaia, Thrace, 5th Century B.C.
Although unpublished in the major references another was offered in H. D. Rauch GmbH auction 77. We first assumed this was a normal head of Herakles wearing a lion scalp reverse struck with a damaged reverse die; however, the similar Rauch coin was struck with a different reverse die. Rauch described the reverse as a dolphin in an incuse punch.GS35950. Silver diobol, unpublished in major references; SchŲnert-Geiss Bisanthe -, Klein -, SNG ANS -, SNG Keckman -, SNG Kayhan -, SNG Cop -, AMNG -, BMC -, F, weight .96 g, maximum diameter 9.7 mm, Dikaia mint, 5th century B.C.; obverse rooster standing right, possibly a snake or worm in its beak; reverse uncertain design, possibly a dolphin, within an incuse irregular square punch; very rare; SOLD