Roma with Shield and Spear

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This obverse type Crawford identifies as Roma (292/1) on the basis of comparison with this gem (apologies for poor image) which (apparently)  bears the inscription AVE ROMA:

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I just wanted to throw up this coin type (494/35) as well to put all three next to each other for future reference:

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Notice the emphasis put on rendering Roma’s hand clutching the spear before the shield.  Also notice the variation in shield designs.

Update 4/25/16:

Little did Crawford know there was a better parallel right in the BM collection (1923,0401.408).  Notice the star and crescent which has become crescent and denomination mark on the denarius.  Even the shield design is the same!

Gem of glass paste imitating sard, engraved with a bust of Athena wearing a helmet and aegis; in the field is a star and crescent.

Glass paste intaglio engraved with a bust of Athena wearing a helmet and aegis. In the field is a star and crescent (see BM Cat. Gem 2778).  Pen and ink with grey wash and traces of graphite underdrawing on a sheet of paper, which is stuck down onto a second sheet together with 2010,5006.1260 - 1264; the assemblage framed in a graphite border.

(Drawing is BM 2010,5006.1262)

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