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Among the rarities of Spartan coinage is this silver tetradrachm of King Areus I from the mid-260s B.C. It bears his name, but uses the designs of Alexander III "the Great." Among the foremost cities of ancient Greece was Sparta, famed for its militaristic social structure. Comment?
The wolf-and-twins motif first appeared on coinage as a reverse type on a silver didrachm of the Republic thought to have been struck circa 275 to 255 B.C. of ancient Rome is the she-wolf suckling the infants Romulus and Remus. It harkens back to the very origins of Rome - at least in legend. Comment?
The America Numismatic Society has loaned 18 ancient Roman coins to Bulgari for an upcoming exhibit "Bulgari & Rome: Eternal Inspiration," described as a Roman-inspired jewelry exhibition celebrating Bulgari's heritage. Beyond being items of commerce and stores of wealth, they also can be objects of personal adornment. Comment?
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