Trebonianus Gallus, AE, Seleucia ad Calycadnum, Cilicia

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Trebonianus Gallus, AE, Seleucia ad Calycadnum, Cilicia

Trebonianus Gallus (A.D. 251-253), AE 31mm. Mint of Seleucia ad Calycadnum, Cilicia. AVK Γ A OYIB CABIN ΓAΛΛOC, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right, rev. CEΛEYKEΩN TΩN ΠPOC KΛΔN, Athena advancing right, holding a shield and thrusting her spear towards a serpent-legged giant who is throwing stones at her, 12.05g., 6h (SNG Levante 780; SNG France 1055). Natural dark green patina, good very fine.

This interesting coin depicts a mythological scene from the Gigantomachy, when the Gigantes fought against the Olympian gods. According to Hesiod, the Gigantes were born from Gaia (the Earth) from the blood that fell from the castrated Uranus. The giant on the reverse of this coin is perhaps Enkelados, whom Euripides depicts as fighting against Athena.

BM01363

£850
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