Ancient Roman Silver Denarius - Jupiter & Juno Sospita


Silver Denarius - Roman Republic, c. 80 BC. Moneyer: L. Procilius L.f.

Obv: Laureate head of Jupiter, right, "SC"  behind bust - Issued by special decree of  the Senate (Senatus Consulto).

Rev: Juno Sospita walking right with spear & shield (Juno is the goddess of love & marriage & the special protector of Rome)

Sear-R306, 18mm, 3.86gm

Jupiter is usually thought to have originated as a sky god. His identifying implement is the thunderbolt, and his primary sacred animal is the eagle, which held precedence over other birds in the taking of auspices and became one of the most common symbols of the Roman army. The two emblems were often combined to represent the god in the form of an eagle holding in its claws a thunderbolt, frequently seen on Greek and Roman coins. As the sky-god, he was a divine witness to oaths, the sacred trust on which justice and good government depend. 

The Romans regarded Jupiter as the equivalent of the Greek Zeus, and in Latin literature and Roman art, the myths and iconography of Zeus are adapted under the name Iuppiter. In the Greek-influenced tradition, Jupiter was the brother of Neptune and Pluto. Each presided over one of the three realms of the universe: sky, the waters, and the underworld.

  • Inventory# PA-3224
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