Coins, Tokens, Historical Medals and Antiquities (2 & 3 June 2021)

Date of Auction: 2nd & 3rd June 2021

Sold for £420

Estimate: £400 - £600

Roman, bronze Venus, 1st-2nd cent. AD, 14cm x 6cm, nude standing figure with weight on her right leg, left leg slightly bent, right arm held forward, left arm bent at the elbow squeezing a ringlet of hair at the shoulder, head tilted slightly right and crowned with a diadem, her hair tied together into a knot behind. Feet missing, otherwise complete, green patina £400-£600


Provenance: P. Dawson Collection.

In Greek mythology this representation of Venus depicts her coming out of the ocean after Cronus castrated Uranus, throwing his testicles into the sea creating a froth that gave birth to Aphrodite