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Macrinus Æ23 of Deultum, Thrace. AD 217-218. IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AV, radiate and cuirassed bust right / COL FL PAC DEVLT, Perseus standing left, with right foot on rock, holding head of Medusa and harpa in left hand, freeing Andromeda with right; below, sea-monster turned to stone. Draganov 119 (O19/R587); Youroukova 61; Varbanov 2129. 7.73g, 23mm, 7h.

Good Very Fine. Very Rare.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group E-319, 29 January 2014, lot 197.

When Cassiopeia, Queen of Aethiopia, boasted that her daughter Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids, this invoked the wrath of Poseidon who sent the sea monster Cetus to attack Aethiopia. Upon consulting the Oracle of Apollo, the queen and king were informed there would be no respite until they sacrificed their daughter Andromeda to the monster. Thus Andromeda was chained to a rock near the ocean for Cetus to devour. Perseus perchance saw Andromeda chained to the rock and learned of her plight; as Cetus emerged from the ocean to devour Andromeda, Perseus killed it thanks to Hades’ helm rending him invisible. This very rare reverse type depicts the immediate aftermath, having used Medusa’s severed head to turn the sea monster to stone, Perseus frees Andromeda from her bonds and helps her down from the rock. The composition follows very closely two mosaics of the same subject found at Pompeii and now displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Naples.

Macrinus Æ23 of Deultum, Thrace. (rxvi487)

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