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Two coins of the Segusiavi with Hercules and a cloaked deity  
Northeast of Lyons  
57-27 BCE  
Silver  
1.95 g  
Provenance of Feurs  
This coin bears the image of a beardless helmeted head with a sword and the letters “S” and “V” to the right and behind.  On the reverse,  a walking figure representing Hercules carrying a club and trophy.  The motif is derived from Roman denarii of 47 BCE (Allen 94).  Under the right arm of Hercules is printed the letters “ARVS.”  Hercules is bearded, stands with his left leg bent behind the right, and is composed of exaggerated musculature, especially in the abdomen.   Also on the reverse is a figure on a pedestal touching the right of Hercules.  He wears a long thick cloak that fastens in the front and hides its arms.  The head is small, round, and bears roughly naturalistic features that are not of a child.  It is not clear whether the figure wears shoes.  Although some sources identify the figure as Telesphoros (Muret; Ployart). The cloaked figure has also been attributed to the cult of the genius cucullatus because the coin is dated to a period at least one hundred years before the appearance of Greek money bearing the image of Telesphorus (Deonna 48).  This coin and a few others with the same impression are thought to depict the legend of Segusiaus Arus and were found in the region of the Seguisiavi, among the great silver hoards found in Gaul dated to around 50 BCE.  

Allen, fig. 335, 336   
Egger, 1948, fig. 16   
Muret, no. 4622   
Blanchet, p. 425, fig. 468   
De La Tour, pl. 7   
Schenk, p. 45   
Wroth, p. 287   
DA, n. 12-13   
Reinach, 1901, p. 346   
Reinach, 1899, p. 57-8   
Ployart, pl. 12, no. 163 

 

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