Ancients => I wanna put a hundred bucks on the Serpent Biga!!

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  1. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Man, I love these good ol' Serpent Biga coins!!

    => they are beyond fricken cool, yes?!! ... yes!!

    Antoninus Pius Æ Drachm Roman Egypt (Alexandria)
    138-161 AD
    Year 14
    Diameter:
    Weight:
    Obverse:
    Reverse: Triptolemos in biga drawn by two winged serpents right
    Reference:


    Antoninus Pius Group 2a.jpg Antoninus Pius Group 2b.jpg


    => oh and obviously => "PLEASE" post any of your own coins that even come close to being associated with this coin o' mine (I love seeing your coins, gang!!)
     
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  3. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Ooooh, I saw that today... wondered if you were going to nab it. Glad it went to a good home.

    Here's my Triptolemos. Looks like he's sitting in a winged wheelchair.

    ATTICA-Eleusis-Tripto-Pig3.jpg

    ATTICA, Eleusis
    360-330 BC
    AE16
    Obv: Triptolemos, seated left in a winged chariot drawn by two snakes
    Rev: Pig standing right on mystic staff, bucranium below?
    Ref: SNG Cop 415?
     
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  4. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Some might wonder just what could be considered close to a biga pulled by winged serpents but I'll risk it and offer wingless serpents. M. Volteus - April 76 BC - Liber head / Ceres in biga of snakes. This was one of my first Republican coins. I had it in 1987 when I started numbering my coins but really do not know exactly when it slithered into my collection. ra6580bb0023.jpg
     
  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I'm insanely jealous of all the coins shown.
     
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  6. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Doug, that's a fantastic coin (thanks for sharing!! => cheers)
     
  7. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    They all look great. Alas I don't have one of my own yet. It's a sad collection that doesn't have a biga drawn by serpents.
     
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  8. Whizb4ng

    Whizb4ng HIC SVNT DRACONES

    Another winner. I think I have ran out of things to say. I was so close to pulling the trigger on an Antoninus Pius tetradrachm today with a Canopus of Osiris reverse (I want this type really badly) but decided to save my money which was probably for the better since I am taking a bit of a beating on the Christmas gifts (surprising the gf with a super awesome gift that is so Canadian I don't want to say it because you would all just make fun of me)
     
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  9. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    => you bought her a Mountie?
     
  10. Whizb4ng

    Whizb4ng HIC SVNT DRACONES

    Shoot she would leave me if I got her a mountie. I bought her a new curling broom...there I said it.
     
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  11. vlaha

    vlaha Respect. The. Hat.

    Curling! I believe there was an article in the Numismatist about it a few years ago.

    Nice one!

    Pssssstt! I WANT!
     
  12. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    uh-oh, Whiz => never buy your spouse a vacuum or a broom as a present!!


    ;)

    ... just jokes ...

    Yup, curling and hockey are a couple of Canada's strong-suits, eh?

    Whiz, do you curl as well?? (I have only curled in a handful of bonspiels myself => but really it was more about the partying/drinking afterwards, than the actual sport itself ... I never really caught the curling-bug)
     
  13. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    I looked long and hard at that one too... almost bid on it. Interesting issue!
     
  14. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    Super coins, everyone! Triptolemos is tough. There's a certain type I want of Elagabalus from Nikolopolis, but I haven't found one with sufficient detail to satisfy my eye, and if I did, I probably wouldn't be able to afford it. Doug, that Volteius is superb!
     
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  15. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Yeah, I got my wife a curling iron once..........:oops:
     
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  16. Whizb4ng

    Whizb4ng HIC SVNT DRACONES

    Steve I used to curl when I was younger. Haven't done so in awhile but might pick it up again next year. I am much better at bonspieling (drinking) all day.

    The gf is a huge curler though. When she was younger she played in all of the big teams and has in fact beat a couple of the younger players that were in the Olympic trials a couple weeks ago.
     
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  17. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem


    Hey Whiz, I'm no Don Juan with the ladies, but I think you should rephrase that descriptive statement?
     
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  18. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    lol
     
  19. Whizb4ng

    Whizb4ng HIC SVNT DRACONES

    She doesn't read the forum I think I am safe but just in case. My gf loves curling very much.
     
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  20. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    I found a sweet Serpent-Biga example while searching through an old CNG auction (not my coin, but certainly worth lookin' at!!) ... congrats if this is one of your coins!!


    Serpent Biga.jpg
     
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  21. vlaha

    vlaha Respect. The. Hat.

    I wonder how much one of those would go for now...

    Any guesses?
     
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