Year of the Snake 2013: Salus Snake
Salus was a Roman goddess, the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of healing, whose staff, with a snake coiled round it, is symbolic of the practice of medicine. Their Greek equivalents were Aklepios and Hygeia. She was the personification of wellbeing (health and prosperity) of both the individual and the state . Her role in the pantheon was to feed and care for her father’s sacred snakes and act as his assistant. She was worshipped as being responsible for the welfare, not just of individuals, but of the people as a whole. Her name in Greek and Roman comes down to us in such words as ‘hygiene’, ‘salve’ and ‘salubrious,’ and even ‘salute’ and ‘safe.’ The motif of the coin shows a viperine snake in its natural surrounding with an embedded 3D True Color Hologramm showing the reverse of an orginal ancient coin of the Roman Empire: Salus holds out a patera (shallow dish used in religious ceremonies) in her right hand to feed a snake which is coiled round an altar. The snake is reared up and dips its head to the patera.
Zodiac coin with an original 3D True-color-Holography shim embedded!
Hadrian Denarius no.137 Rome. 17 mm diameter.
Hadrian (76 AD –138 AD), was Roman Emperor from 117 to 138. He is best known for building Hadrian’s Wall, which marked the northern limit of Roman Britain. In Rome, he re-built the Pantheon and constructed the Temple of Venus and Roma. In addition to being emperor, Hadrian was a humanist and was philhellene in most of his tastes. He was the third of the so-called Five Good Emperors.
In the Roman currency system, the denarius was a small silver coin, the most common coin produced for circulation but was slowly debased until its replacement by the antoninianus. The word denarius is derived from the Latin dēnī “containing ten”, as its value was 10 asses; it may also be the origin of the word dinar.
54.00 x 32.00 mm
1 oz / 31,1035 g
Antique Finish – satined
3D True-color-Holography nickelshim embedded