In 309, a plague, possibly related to anthrax, spread across the Roman Empire, causing a drastic decline in the population. Plagues and population decline were perhaps the greatest cause for the decline of .RL84389. , 36, 14592, VF, , dark , areas of corrosion, 5.182 g, maximum 27.1 mm, 0o, 2nd , (Salonika, ) mint, 308 - 310 A.D.; GAL VALERIA AVG, diademed , shoulders facing, right, wearing embroidered robe; , standing left, raising in right hand, raising drapery over shoulder with left hand, left, B right, •SM•TS• in ; ex FORVM (2012); $70.00 (€62.30)
(Aphrodite) can be faulted for the Trojan War. Upset that she was not invited to a wedding, she went anyway and maliciously left a golden inscribed "For the fairest" on the banquet table. The goddesses, as Aphrodite expected, argued who was the rightful possessor of this prize. It was determined the most handsome mortal in the world, a noble Trojan youth named , would decide. Each of the three finalists offered a bribe. promised he would rule the world. said she would make him victorious in battle. Aphrodite guaranteed the love of the most beautiful woman in the world. This was Helen, who was married to the of Sparta. awarded the golden to Aphrodite. Aphrodite enabled to elope with Helen, Helen of Troy. Helen's husband raised a Greek army to retrieve his wife, starting the Trojan War.RB32716.
, 43, 14593, gVF, 5.566 g, maximum 27.0 mm, 180o, 2nd , (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, c. 309 - 310 A.D.; GAL VALERIA AVG, diademed and draped right; , standing left, raising in right hand, raising drapery over shoulder with left hand, HTB in ; SOLD
The coins of Galeria from the mint of Cyzikus were all struck in the 4th which is marked in the left . In these years the mint issued three groups, the second being marked with a in the right and the third with three dots in the right . But our coin has only one dot. A RIC footnote records a similary marked Licinius in the collection and states it is probably a mint error. The coin was made in the first which probably rules out a repeat error by a die cutter. More likely, the mint started its third group by marking with only one dot, then quickly switched to three dots, perhaps to make the coins more noticeable. Another treat for the specialist collector.RB07643.
, Cyzicus 71 variant, gVF, 7.27 g, maximum 27.0 mm, 180o, 4th , Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, c. 311 A.D.; GAL VAL-ERIA AVG, diademed, draped and right; VENERI V-ICTRICI, standing left, raising in right hand, raising drapery over shoulder with left hand, D in left , • in right , MKV in ; from the Scott Collection; very ; SOLD
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