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The Nine Muses were: Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomeni, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia, Ourania and Calliope.

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These ladies were all about celebrating and inspiring the best things in life!

During the Roman Republic, moneyer Pomponius Musa, making a play on his family name, minted an issue of each of the nine Muses. I just got my second, the Muse of Muse-ic!

At yesterday's Bucephalus I stole Euterpe:

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Q. POMPONIUS MUSA. AR, Denarius, 56 BC. Rome.

Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right; two crossed tibiae to left.

Rev: MVSA / Q POMPONI.

Euterpe (Muse of Music and Lyric Poetry) standing right, resting on column, holding two flutes.

Crawford 410/5.

Condition: VF.

Weight: 3.62 g.

Diameter: 17.45 mm.

 

And my first Muse is a fourée, and still cost twice of what I paid for my latest Muse, of Melpomene:

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Q. POMPONIUS MUSA. Fourrée denarius (56 BC). Rome.

Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right; sceptre to left.

Rev: Q POMPONI MVSA.

Melpomene standing left, wearing sword and holding club and mask.Cf. Crawford 410/4 (for prototype).Fine.2.95 g, 17 mm. Numismatik Naumann Feb 2021

 

So, how many of the Muses do you have? Does anybody have them all?? Can we make all nine in a group effort???

I've listed the first two. Can you indulge my request... better yet, a-muse me😉

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2 hours ago, Ryro said:

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The Nine Muses were: Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomeni, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia, Ourania and Calliope.

Screenshot_20221001_152948.jpg.664fe85ac563b8de99737f6323fc791d.jpg

These ladies were all about celebrating and inspiring the best things in life!

During the Roman Republic, moneyer Pomponius Musa, making a play on his family name, minted an issue of each of the nine Muses. I just got my second, the Muse of Muse-ic!

At yesterday's Bucephalus I stole Euterpe:

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Q. POMPONIUS MUSA. AR, Denarius, 56 BC. Rome.

Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right; two crossed tibiae to left.

Rev: MVSA / Q POMPONI.

Euterpe (Muse of Music and Lyric Poetry) standing right, resting on column, holding two flutes.

Crawford 410/5.

Condition: VF.

Weight: 3.62 g.

Diameter: 17.45 mm.

 

And my first Muse is a fourée, and still cost twice of what I paid for my latest Muse, of Melpomene:

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Q. POMPONIUS MUSA. Fourrée denarius (56 BC). Rome.

Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right; sceptre to left.

Rev: Q POMPONI MVSA.

Melpomene standing left, wearing sword and holding club and mask.Cf. Crawford 410/4 (for prototype).Fine.2.95 g, 17 mm. Numismatik Naumann Feb 2021

 

So, how many of the Muses do you have? Does anybody have them all?? Can we make all nine in a group effort???

I've listed the first two. Can you indulge my request... better yet, a-muse me😉

That's fantastic, @Ryro!! I've toyed with the idea of collecting all nine muses, but I realize the undertaking would be difficult and divert resources away from rare Faustinas.

The best I can do is this coin featuring Queen Calliope of Bactria ...

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Hermaios and Calliope, 90-70 BC.
Bactrian AR drachm, 16.2 mm, 1.80 gm.
Obv: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΕΡΜΑΙΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΛΛΙΟΠΗΣ, jugate busts, right.
Rev: Kharoshthi legend: maharajasa tratarasa heramayasa / kaliyapaya, king on rearing horse, right; monogram below.
Refs: BMC India p. 66, 1-2; Sear 7739; Forrer 53; SNG ANS 1319-25; MIG (Mitchiner) 408b; Bopearachchi 2B.

And this photo of the lovely Tuesday Weld as Thalia Menninger in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis!

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" Love Is a Science (TV Episode 1959) - IMDb

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Nice catch

I'm unfortunately museless, even though I've many times considered building a series of them. The general asking price diverted me from the idea...

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Many of these are in need of upgrade someday, but here are the Muses I have - missing Clio so far.

Here's Hercules Musarum, part of the series, even if not a Muse himself - Cr 410/1:
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Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry, Cr. 410/2a:
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Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy & Lyre Playing, Cr. 410/4:
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Euterpe, Muse of Lyric Poetry, Cr. 410/5:
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Terpsichore, Lyric Poetry & Dancing, Cr. 410/7a:
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Erato, of Erotic Poetry, Cr. 410/7d (it's pretty clear that the coins with the tortoise on the obverse depict a different instrument on the reverse and it makes little sense that Terpsichore should have two symbols, one shared with Erato):
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Urania, Muse of Astronomy, Cr. 410/8:
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Thalia, Muse of Comedy & Idyllic Poetry, Cr. 410/9b:
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Polyhymnia, Muse of Sacred Poetry, etc, Cr. 410/10a:
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ATB,
Aidan.

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Roman Republic. Q. Pomponius Musa. 56 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.80g, 3h). Rome mint. Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right; star of seven rays to left. Rev: Q. POMPONI/MVSA; Urania, the Muse of Astronomy, wearing long flowing tunic and peplum, standing left, touching globe set on base with a wand held in her right hand. Ref: Crawford 410/8; Sydenham 823; Pomponia 22; RBW 1488.

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Clio :

 

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Q. Pomponius Musa, Denarius, Rome, 66 BC
AR (g 3,29; mm 18; h 4)
Laureate head of Apollo r.; behind, scroll in its carrying case, Rv. Clio, the muse of history, standing l., holding scroll in r. hand and resting l. elbow on column; behind, Q POMPONI; before, MVSA. Crawford 410/3; Pomponia 11; Sydenham 813.


 

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2 minutes ago, Charles H said:

Clio :

 

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Q. Pomponius Musa, Denarius, Rome, 66 BC
AR (g 3,29; mm 18; h 4)
Laureate head of Apollo r.; behind, scroll in its carrying case, Rv. Clio, the muse of history, standing l., holding scroll in r. hand and resting l. elbow on column; behind, Q POMPONI; before, MVSA. Crawford 410/3; Pomponia 11; Sydenham 813.


 

Very nice!   I just bought one in today's Vico auction.   When I saw I was missing Clio, I had a look and saw one coming up, so had to have it.

ATB,

Aidan.

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My Clio arrived - Cr. 410/3 - 3.78g, 19mm - a couple of 'phone shots:

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Here they all are - plenty of upgrade potential 😄

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We are now fully amused,
Aidan.

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