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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1844,0425.1609

  • Description

    Alloy coin.(obverse) Bare head of Antinous, right.
    (reverse) Demeter seated left.

  • State

    • Roman Empire
  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 130-138
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 26.69 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Content

        AHTINOOC IAKXOC
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Content

        ΓECIOC ANΘHKE AΔPAMVTHNOIC
  • Curator's comments

    The young courtier Antinous died suddenly in AD 130. The Greek part of the empire seems to have been particularly sensitive to the emperor’s grief at the loss of his hunting attendant and probable eromenos. Cults were established; even a city was named in his honour. Some local civic coinage was struck with his image as if he, like Sabina, were a member of the imperial family; an unparalleled occurrence for an emperor’s male lover. This coin records an individual (either Gesios or Gaisios) who had either sponsored the Eleusinian cult of Demeter or the production of this particular coinage commemorating Antinous, but both might seek to appeal to the emperor’s interests.

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  • Bibliography

    • BMC Greek (Mysia) 13, p.4 bibliographic details
    • PCG 86.3, p. (pl. 47, no. 3) bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G69a/dc2

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2017, 11 May - 15 Oct, BM, Gallery 69a, Desire Love Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1844

  • Acquisition notes

    DEV.769

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    1844,0425.1609

  • Additional IDs

    • DEV.769
  • C&M Catalogue number

    • GC14p4.13

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