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ID:     591706
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     CORINTH
City:     Corinth
Issuer:     Lucius Verus
Date Ruled:     AD 161-169
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE 26
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 161-169
Diameter:     26 mm
Weight:     10.79 g
Obverse Legend:     IMP C AVR VERVS AVG
Obverse Description:     Laureate and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     CLI COR
Reverse Description:     Melikertes-Palaimon riding on dolphin left, within wreath
Primary Reference:     Mionnet II pg. 185, 280
Reference2:     Imhoof-Blumer and P. Gardner, "Numismatic Commentary on Pausanias," JHS (1885), pg. 11, pl. B, XIV
Reference3:     Cornell 95 (this coin)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     EF, green patina
Notes:     Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1706 Very rare The Corinthians credited their king Sisyphos with founding of the Isthmian Games at the funeral of the boy-hero Melikertes-Palaimon at Isthmia. Adjacent to the early sanctuary of Poseidon was the Palamaion, an extensive cult area with sacrificial pits and a circular temple of Hadrianic date, which was transformed during the joint reign of Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus. According to Pausanias (I, 70-72 and III, 4-16), within the temple was a statue of Melikertes-Palaimon riding on a dolphin. Athamas, the son of Aiolos and king of Orchomenos in Boeotia, was driven mad by Hera because he had sheltered Dionysos. After he killed his son Learchos, he pursued Ino into the sea with their son Melikertes, where both were transformed into marine deities. Ino became Leukothea, and Melikertes changed to Palaimon and a dolphin carried his body ashore on the Sardonic Gulf.