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The Finest Roman Denarii From a Hoard of 4000 Coins
FORVM has obtained the finest coins from a large hoard of nearly 4000 Roman denarii, minted from the late Republic to sometime before 107 A.D. These coins were discovered in what was once Moesia Inferior and appear to have been hidden as a result of Trajan's monetary reform or due to Trajan's "Dacian diversion." Towards the end of the first dacian war, Decebalus foreseeing his defeat issued a fierce counter-attack with the help of his Roxolan allies. The troops crossed the frozen Danube and attacked the cities and fortifications in Moesia Inferior which were weakened by the departure of their legions. The plan must have been to force Trajan to retreat a large part of his armies from Dacia, cut his communication lines, or at least gain time. But the Romans were fortunate. The auxiliary troops defeated the invasion, perhaps at the spot were Nikopolis, "the city of the Victory" was founded. Most of the hoard was, as could be expected, well circulated. But, out of the 4000 total coins, there were some in truly spectacular condition. We bought the best. Our expert staff has professionally cleaned these coins using the gentlest methods. Many of the coins below appear nearly as they were struck almost 2000 years ago.
|A gilded 2nd century B.C. slightly over-lifesize bronze statue, Hercules of the Forum Boarium, has Hercules in a similar pose. This statue is probably the one mentioned by Pliny, which originally stood in the Temple of Hercules Victor, by the Tiber. It lacks the lion skin. Perhaps a actual lion skin was once draped on it. The sculpture is now in the Musei Capitolini, Rome. Another similar sculpture, from the 2nd Century A.D., the Hercules of the Theatre of Pompey, was discovered in 1864, carefully buried under protective tiles. It was incised FCS (fulgor conditum summanium), indicating that it had been struck by lightning, and had been carefully interred on the spot. The figure lightly supports himself on his grounded vertical club, the skin of the Nemean Lion is draped over his left forearm. This sculpture is now in the round room area of Museo Pio-Clementino, in the Vatican.|