Roman Dioscuri Ancient Coin 146 BC (021)
Roman Republic Ancient Coin, 146 BC, Silver Denarius
The Dioscuri charging right on horseback, holding spears. Dog running below horse's front feet. ROMA below.
Helmeted head of Roma, facing right is on the obverse. X mark of value.
Roman Republic, C. Antestius 146 BC.
Coin is 19mm.
The coin is set in a hand fabricated 18kt gold mount.
With Certificate of Authenticity.
Chain is available separately. See Chains
Castor and Pollux, the Dioscuri, were the twin sons of Leda, one mortal and one immortal. Castor's father was Tyndareus, the King of Sparta. Pollux' father was Zeus, in the form of a swan.
Pollux asked his father, Zeus, to grant Castor half his immortality when Castor was killed. Castor and Pollux then transformed into the constellation Gemini.
Castor and Pollux are consistently associated with horses in art and literature. And here on coinage. They were regarded as patrons of athletes and sailors.