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Austin Andrews of the American Numismatic Society published a Pocket Change blog article on child-gods on coinage. Here are some of the coins illustrated in the article.




Let's see your child deities on coins!

Here's one of mine! Baby Jupiter!

[IMG]Valerian II, Caesar AD 256-258.
Roman billon antoninianus, 3.14 g, 22.5 mm, 5 h.
Cologne, AD 257-258.
Obv: VALERIANVS CAES, radiate and draped bust, right.
Rev: IOVI CRESCENTI, infant Jupiter seated facing on goat standing right, his right hand raised.
Refs: RIC 3; Göbl 907e; Cohen 26; RCV 10731; Hunter 9.

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Very interesting @Roman Collector. I am not sure if a personification counts as a deity but the infant shown on the reverse is known as a pekheis (πήχεις) which means “cubit-tall.” In the ancient statues of the River Nilus there were 16 of them, meant to represent the amount of the annual flood.



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Great idea!

Harpokrates simply means "Horus-as-child," and was commonly portrayed on Isis's knee, nursing:



Antoninus Pius:


Julia Domna:


Just as he was on various amulets:


Valerian II, infant Jupiter on goat Almathea:


Various Cupids (sometimes described instead as an "infant Genius"):






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Artemis and Apollo


Valerian I (AD 253-260).
Asia Minor, Ionia, Ephesos.
Obv: AYT K ΠO ΛIKINI BAΛEPIANOC, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: EΦECIΩN Γ NEΩKOPΩN, Leto advancing right, head left, holding her children, Artemis (right) and Apollo (left); Apollo holding branch; Artemis holding bow and drawing arrow.
AE, 27mm, 7.21 g
Ref.: Karwiese 1057 (V/R); SNG von Aulock 1921

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Achaea. Zacynthus, Island off Elis. Marcus Aurelius AE20. Pan with infant Dionysus

Zacynthus; Achaea; Peleponnessus (District: Zacynthus). Date 161–180. Obverse design laureate head of Marcus Aurelius, r. Obverse inscription ΑΥ ΚΑΙ Μ ΑΥ ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝ ΑΥ
Reverse design Pan standing, r., nebris over shoulders, holding bunch of grapes and infant Dionysus
Reverse inscription ΖΑΚΥΝΘΙΩΝ
RPC IV.1, 4626



Bithynia, Nicaea. Geta, AE17. Infant Dionysos

Obv: Π CEΠTI ΓETAC K, bare head r.
Rev: NIKAIEΩN, Infant Dionysos in Liknon cradle r., raising hands; thyrsos behind.




Achaea. Corinthia, Corinth. Caracalla Æ24.

Obv: Laureate, draped bust of Caracalla left. Melikertes-Palaimon.
Rev: CLI COR / Melikertes-Palaimon reclining right on the back of a dolphin, pine tree in background.
24mm., 8.1 g.
BCD Corinth 930.



Achaea. Corinthia, Corinth. Lucius Verus AE26 Melikertes-Palaimon

Peloponnesus. Corinthia, Corinth. Obv. bare-headed bust of Lucius Verus wearing cuirass, r. [IMP L AVR VERVS AVG] Rev. Melikertes-Palaimon riding on dolphin, l.; in pine wreath C L I COR.



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