Julia Domna AE24 of Thessalonica. Distyle temple with figure of Hephaestus within, holding tongs and hammer.

Ancient Coins - Julia Domna AE24 of Thessalonica.  Distyle temple with figure of Hephaestus within, holding tongs and hammer.
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Julia Domna AE24 of Thessalonica. IOVLIA DOMNA CE, draped bust right / QECCALONIKEWN, distyle temple with figure of Hephaestus within, holding tongs and hammer. Moushmov 6747. No.2801. VF and rare.

Representations of Hephaestus (or his Roman equivalent, Vulcan) on coins are very unusual.

Hephaestus was the god of the forge and of volcanoes. Physically ugly, with deformed feet, he created objects of beauty and utility, including Zeus~ thunderbolts. He was a kindly, peace loving god who was called upon to mediate in disputes between the gods.
Most frequently, he is portrayed holding the tools of his trade, especially the blacksmith~s hammer and tongs. Sometimes, he is surrounded by the Kabeiroi, the dwarflike blacksmith servants of the Mother Goddess who helped in his subterranean forge.
The temple depicted on this coin was most likely located well outside the city limits of Thessalonica, because ancient people greatly feared the devastation of uncontrolled fires!

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