Sunday, March 13, 2011

Type 38: Eros with Aphrodite Riding

Aphrodite is represented on coins riding on a number of different animals: a bull, a swan, a goat, and (accompanied by Eros or Erotes, on coins of two Bithynian cities, Apameia and Bithynium-Claudiopolis) a dolphin, and the fabulous hippocamp, a mixture of horse and fish.

* Apameia in Bithynia, coins of Julia Domna (illustration of reverse) and Caracalla, with Aphrodite riding l. on a dolphin, Eros flying r. towards her.

Æ 27. Obv. IVLIA DOMNA AVG. Draped bust r. Rev. COL IVL CONC AVG APAM. As described above (Illustration from Bernhart).

* Bithynium-Claudiopolis in Bithynia, coins of Geta as Augustus and of Julia Paula (illustration), with Aphrodite riding l. on a hippocamp, her veil held by two Erotes.

Æ 26, 7 h, 9.69 g. Obv. IOY • KOP • ΠAVΛA • CEB. Draped bust l., the r. hand extended holding a poppy.  Rev. BIΘYNIEΩN AΔPIANΩN. As described above.


Corpus

Apameia Bithyniae / Julia Domna
References: Waddington, Recueil général, 65; Bernhart, Aphrodite, 327; SNG von Aulock 6920

Apameia Bithyniae / Caracalla
Münzzentrum, auction 156, September 2010, otherwise unpublished?
Rarity: RRR

Bithynium-Claudiopolis / Geta
Reference: Waddington, Recueil général, 50 
Rarity: RRR

Bithynium-Claudiopolis / Julia Paula
References: Waddington, Recueil général, 60; BMC 14 Bernhart, Aphrodite, 324; SNG von Aulock 325
Rarity: Scarce

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