ambr0zie Posted May 24, 2022 · Member Share Posted May 24, 2022 Hello ladies and gentlemen, I guess it's time for me to add a coin to the new forum. Due to some recent bad events plus being generally busy I didn't have the time to check it properly. Not a fabulous coin - but exactly the type of coin that ticks many boxes for me. A pleasant design and with interesting symbolism, related to mythology and affordable. Would have, of course, preferred a slightly better condition, but with the prices nowadays you can never know. I have seen way too often F coins going for decent prices (and usually I get them =)) ) and the same coin, a liiiiiiitle better, F+, going for prices I stop considering a good deal. But this is another topic. M. Herennius. 108-107 BC. Rome. Denarius AR 18 mm, 3,77 g PIETAS, head of Pietas r., wearing diadem; hair twisted around lower part of diadem; single drop earring; beaded necklace; tendrils falling down the back of her neck / M·HERENNI, nude male figure bearing a man on his shoulder, r. (one of the Catanaean brothers, Amphinomus, carrying his father Nisos on his shoulder); M.HERENNI downwards l.; control mark on r.; dot border RRC 308/1b; Herennia 1a; B.M.C, 1258-85; Syd. 567a Amphinomus or Aeneas? the best interpretation of the reverse I found is this There are two possible interpretations of this reverse design, each with merit. The first is that the moneyer M. Herennius, who perhaps had a connection with Sicily, chose to illustrate a local example of Piety: the brothers Amphinomus and Anapias, who are supposed to have saved their parents from an eruption of Mt Etna by carrying them from danger on their shoulders. The second interpretation reaches back to the mythological founding of Rome; Aeneas, during the fall of Troy, carried his father Anchises from the burning ruins of the city. Romulus and Remus, the founders of the city of Rome, through their descendence from him, made Aeneas progenitor of the Roman people. Long before Virgil makes reference to ‘pious Aeneas’ in his Aeneid, the Roman concept of piety was threefold; duty to the gods, to one’s homeland and to one’s family, which neatly links the reverse type with the obverse on this coin. Overall, a coin I wanted a lot and I consider it a good addition. If you feel appropriate, please post coins with mythological scenes. 19 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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