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Nobility (Nobilitas)

Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.

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The palladium, a small figure of Minerva (Pallas Athena) 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 GETA CAES PONT, boy's bare-headed and draped bust right, from behind; reverse NOBILITAS, Nobilitas standing facing, head right, long scepter in right hand, palladium in left; $125.00 (Ä106.25)







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