Ryro Posted July 20, 2022 · Supporter Share Posted July 20, 2022 I just upgraded my Aspendos stater to one in better condition, nice triskeles aaaand with a Herm control mark in front of the slinger! Pamphylia. Aspendos circa 420-370 BC. Stater AR, 24 mm, 10,8 g Two wrestlers grappling / EΣTFEΔ[IIVΣ], slinger in throwing stance right, triskeles to left; herm in right field, all within pelleted square border. Good very fine, SNG Copenhagen -; SNG France 3; SNG von Aulock 4511. Die match with Savoca Silver 133 lot 101. Purchased from Biga Numismatics July 2022 (A Roman theatre in Pamphylia, Aspendos) As most probably remember a Herma, or Herm, is a sculptor of a head usually on a long blank pillar as the body, but with a penis in the area it would be on a regular body. These were a religious symbol and supposedly helped keep the city safe. Though, named after Hermes due to him being a popular head on these, not all Herms were of Hermes! See below for a couple examples: My question is, why don't Herms on ancients have their phalluses? Could it be an allusion to the time Alcibiades and friends supposedly went around Athens knocking off all the Herms phalluses (making Alcibiades the world's first cock-knocker) and in the eve of the journey to Syracuse!? And for fun, my only other Herm is a countermark on a MSC! Philip V. 221-179 BC. Æ (12mm, 2.10 g, 7h). Pella or Amphipolis mint. Struck circa 211-201 BC. Macedonian shield, boss decorated with head of the hero Perseus right, wearing Phyrgian cap, Countermark of Herm to right/ Macedonian helmet facing. Mamroth, Bronzemünzen 9; Touratsoglou, Macedonia 7; HGC 3, 1087. Rare and maybe singular example with C/M type. Purchased March 2022 from Savoca Auctions So please share your: Herms Aspendos Staters Athletes Or anything you like🙂 11 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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