E-Auction 41 Aftersale Lot 51

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E-Auction 41 Aftersale Lot 51

THRACE. Deultum. Severus Alexander. A.D. 222-235. Æ diassarion. 8.87 gm. 24 mm. His laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXANDER AVG / The Satyr Marsyas advancing right, raising hand in greeting and holding wineskin over his shoulder; COL [F]L PA-C DEVLT. Draganov 418 (O44/R83). Varbanov 2319. Youroukova 143. Good Fine; hard dark brown patina; smooth glossy surfaces.

Ex Numus & Ars 45, 19 February 2003, 481.

The reverse portrays an interesting character from ancient Greek mythology, the satyr Marsyas, half man, half goat. He is best known for being flayed alive by the god Apollo for his hubris in a musical contest, "he himself having named this penalty for himself–to be skinned for a wine-sack." (Philostratus the Younger, Imagines 2)


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