Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Type 12: Eros Holding an Arrow

A number of variant motifs, struck in different cities of Asia Minor: (a) Prusa ad Olympum in Bithynia, Eros standing, legs crossed, leaning on a short column and holding an arrow; (b) Poemanenum in Mysia, Eros standing facing, with legs uncrossed, an arrow in his r. hand and his l. resting on an altar, looking either back (the pose similar to that of the Eros of Parium, Type 13) or to the front; (c) Cyzicus in Mysia, Eros standing facing, with legs uncrossed, an arrow in his r. hand and his l. resting on a column, looking to the front; (d) Tralles in Lydia, Eros advancing l., with a chlamys over his shoulders and arms and an uncertain object (an arrow?) in his outstretched r.


* Prusa ad Olympum in Bithynia, coins of Commodus, Crispina and Septimius Severus, also coins ascribed to the period of Commodus (though not, as yet, included in the provisional online database for RPC IV), with obverse type bust of Tyche. None illustrated.


* Poemanenum in Mysia, extremely rare coins of Commodus (not illustrated) and Caracalla Caesar



Æ 24, 11 h, 7.86 g. Obv. M ΑΥP ANTΩN[EINOC KAI]. Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla Caesar r. Rev. CTPA Π AIΛ θEAΓENOYC ΠOIMA. Eros standing facing, head r., holding an arrow in his r. and resting his l. on an altar (Photos courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., www.cngcoins.com).




* Cyzicus in Mysia, very rare coins of the period of Marcus Aurelius (not illustrated) with obverse type of the diademed head of the hero Cyzicus r., reverse Eros standing facing, holding an arrow in his r. and resting his l. on a column.


* Tralles in Lydia, coins of Geta Caesar, naming the Grammateus Glyptos

 

Æ 30, 6 h, 13.52 g. Obv. Λ CΕΠT ΓETAC KAICAP. Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Geta Caesar r. Rev. EΠI ΓP ΓΛYΠTOY TPAΛΛIAN... Eros advancing l., with a chlamys over his shoulders and arms and an uncertain object (an arrow?) in his outstretched r.






CATALOGUE

Prusa ad Olympum / Period of Commodus [?]
References: Waddington, Recueil général, 4; BMC 2;  ANS 1944.100.42335
Rarity: RR

Prusa ad Olympum / Commodus
References: RPC IV, 4803; Waddington, Recueil général, 28
Rarity: RRR

Prusa ad Olympum / Crispina
References: RPC IV, 4836; Waddington, Recueil général, 60
Rarity: RRR

Prusa ad Olympum / Septimius Severus
Reference: Waddington, Recueil général, 72
Rarity: RRR

Poemanenum / Commodus
References: RPC IV, 1671; SNG BN Paris 2390
Rarity: RRR

Poemanenum / Caracalla Caesar
References: SNG von Aulock 7523; Sear, Greek Imperial Coins and Their Values, 2535
Rarity: RRR


Cyzicus / Period of Marcus Aurelius
References: RPC IV, 530; SNG von Aulock 1247 
Rarity: RR

Tralles / Geta Caesar
Reference: Imhoof-Blumer, Kleinasiatische Münzen, 3 
Rarity: RRR 



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