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Caduceus

The caduceus is a staff adorned with two snakes and sometimes wings that was carried by Hermes in his role as messenger of the gods. The two snakes derive from a myth where Hermes separated two fighting snakes and thus symbolizes his additional role as a peacemaker.

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Italy, Apulia, Venusia

AE Semis, 3.41g. 16.5mm.  c.205-200 B.C. Draped bust of Hermes to right wearing winged petasos.  Rev. VE.  Winged boot; caduceus and S (Semis) to left.  HN, Italy, 726. SNG ANS 770. Small patina scrape on reverse.   Rare and among the best known examples.  Fine green patna with some light encrustation.

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: NAC, Zurich, Auction 40, May 16, 2007, lot 209.

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Extremely Fine $3,500.00
 

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