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The palladium, a small figure of Minerva (PallasAthena) holding a spear and shield, had a mythological origin from Troy. Troy was believed to be safe from foreign enemies as long as the Palladium remained within the city walls. But Odysseus and Diomedes stole the image and soon after the Greeks took the city. The Palladium was later taken by Aeneas to Rome where for centuries it was kept in the temple of Vesta in the Forum. In Late Antiquity, it was rumored that Constantine had taken the Palladium to Constantinople and buried it under the Column of Constantine.RS85127. Silver denarius, RIC IV 13a; RSC III 90; BMCRE p. 197, 223; Hunter III 7; SRCV II 7184, VF/F, well centered, nice portrait, light toning, weight 2.174 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 199 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETACAESPONT, boy's bare-headed and draped bust right, from behind; reverseNOBILITAS, Nobilitas standing facing, head right, long scepter in right hand, palladium in left; $110.00 (Ä93.50)
Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.
In 248, Trajan Decius put down the revolts of Pacatianus in Moesia and Iotapianus in Syria. In 249, after his legionaries proclaimed him emperor, Trajan Decius marched to Verona, where his forces defeated and killed Philip the Arab. RS86810. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 8 corr. (officina Z in error), RSC IV 98, Hunter III 41, SRCV III 8938, VF, well centered, light rose tone, obv. double struck, rev.legend not fully struck, edge cracks, weight 3.815 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, Rome mint, 248 A.D.; obverse IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassedbust right, from behind; reverseNOBILITASAVGG, Nobilitas standing facing, head right, long scepter vertical in right hand, globe in left hand hand, ς (6th officina) left; ex Beast Coins; $90.00 (Ä76.50)