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Thanksgiving-the Cornucopia- The Horn Of Plenty

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving- we all should be thankful we are in a place in our lives where we can enjoy the hobby of coins, and be able to share them with our friends, collectors, and numismatists from around the world, those who truly love them, as we do.

The Cornucopia- The Horn of Plenty



The iconic cornucopia, the horn of plenty is symbol of Thanksgiving in here in United States, and a continued symbol in Western Art. The origins of which are deeply rooted in antiquity.

Classical mythology offers multiple explanations of the origin of the cornucopia. One of the best-known involves the birth and nurturance of the infant Zeus, who had to be hidden from his devouring father Cronus. In a cave on Mount Ida on the island of Crete, baby Zeus was cared for and protected by a number of divine attendants, including the goat Amalthea ("Nourishing Goddess"), who fed him with her milk. The suckling future king of the gods had unusual abilities and strength, and in playing with his nursemaid accidentally broke off one of her horns, which then had the divine power to provide unending nourishment, as the foster mother had to the god.
In another myth, the cornucopia was created when Heracles (Roman Hercules) wrestled with the river god Achelous and wrenched off one of his horns; river gods were sometimes depicted as horned.
The cornucopia became the attribute of several Greek and Roman deities, particularly those associated with the harvest, prosperity, or spiritual abundance, such as personifications of Earth (Gaia or Terra); the nymph Maia; and Fortuna, the goddess of luck, who had the power to grant prosperity. Another is the goddess of the corn and agriculture, which is Demeter. In Roman Imperial cult, abstract Roman deities who fostered peace (pax Romana) and prosperity were also depicted with a cornucopia, including Abundantia, "Abundance" personified, and Annona, goddess of the grain supply to the city of Rome. Pluto, the classical ruler of the underworld in the mystery religions, was a giver of agricultural, mineral and spiritual wealth, and in art often holds a cornucopia to distinguish him from the gloomier Hades, who holds a drinking horn instead.


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Demetrius I Soter (The Savior) 187-150 BC
AR 29.5mm Tetradrachm, Antioch, Syria (15.17g)
Obverse:Demetrius I
Reverse: Tyche seated left, holding sceptre & cornucopiae; winged Tritoness supporting throne, two monograms to outer left, date in ex.




And Thanks to Wikipedia for laying it all out!
Edited by Ancientnoob
11/22/2012 12:01 pm
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Alexander II Zabinas, struck at Antioch 125-22 BC



Septimius Severus Denarius struck at Emesa 194-5 AD
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Diocletian AE Follis
302-303 AD. Aquileia mint.
Obv.: IMP DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG - Laureate head of Diocletian.
Rev.: SACR MONET AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR - Moneta holding scales and cornucopiae. AQP in ex. VI in r. field.
RIC 35a



Pisidia, Selge AR Stater
(325-250 BC)
Obv.: Two wrestlers grappling; B-H-" across field.
Rev.: Slinger standing right; K between legs, triskeles, club, and filleted cornucopia to right.
SNG France 1944.

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Here's my coin with Cornucopia..

Juila Mamaea..222-235. AD.

Mother of Severs Alexander..
Ob. Julia Mamaea bust right..
Rev. Fecunditas standing left..
20mm x 3.75g..
No bronze made for this coin, we think its a limes struck coin..



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Here's two of my coins depicting cornucopiae:

Nerva



Constantius I



Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
"For as long as Belisarius lives, it is impossible for him to relinquish this city." - Roman general Belisarius, responding to a group of Gothic envoys, during the Gothic siege of Rome in 537 AD

Attributed coins in my collection so far - Roman: 241, Byzantine: 44, Post-Roman Germanic: 24
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Happy Thanksgiving my friends.



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Happy Thanksgiving all.
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I have more that 100 cornucopiae to choose from!! I am shocked.

Septimius Severus - Fortuna with two cornucopiae



Calabria, Taras, Nomos (This cornucopia could get wet)



Demetrios I Soter, tetradrachm



We don't do thanksgiving here but have a good one on our behalf....

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Wow...some excellent coins! I have no cornucopia--but happy Thanksgiving!
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I am glad my topic took off! Keep'em comming guys!
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Hadrian AR Denarius. AD 119-22. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust right, draped left shoulder / P M TR P COS III, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae. RIC 83. 3.13g, 20mm, 6h.
Very Fine.

Happy thanks giving to those across the pond!

For those this side of the pond is anyone going to the London coin fair on 1st December? If so drop me a PM.
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Happy thanksgiving to all of you and your loved ones!:)
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hey, I do have one...

Maximinus II, AE follis. Siscia. 311 AD.
IMP MAXIMINVS PF AVG, laureate head right GENIO AV-GVSTI, Genius standing left, modius on head, naked but for chlamys over left shoulder, holding patera and cornucopiae.
RIC VI Siscia 207c



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Holiday Bump.
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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
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lol! I didn't notice this was a two year old thread till I saw my post at the bottom! well, I've acquired a few more cornucopias since 2012...which I'm thankfull for.

tyche/fortuna with a conrucopia on reverse, julia domna and caracalla obveres...






fortuna again...with gordian iii this time.






hope everyone has a great thanksgiving, you live.


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11/27/2014 10:22 am
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