Augustus & Agrippa

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  1. SwK

    SwK Junior Member

    The impressive bronze coin was struck near the end of the reign of Augustus, the first emperor of Rome (ruled 27 BCE-14 CE).


    Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa was at Octavian's side the entire time. During the war that followed Caesar's death, Agrippa's defense of Italy was critical in Octavian's ultimate success.

    Bronze Dupondius - Augustus and Agrippa with Crocodile Reverse Most conspicuously, a large crocodile is chained to what is either a palm tree, a palm shoot or a palm branch; different sticking’s present greater or lesser versions. .

    Besides its bulk, the most striking element of the crocodile is its sharp, pointy teeth, the pattern of the creature's scales on its back. All four feet are present.

    Divided by the trunk of the palm tree is the inscription COL / NEM, which is an abbreviation for Colonia Augusta Nemausus, or "Augustan Colony Nemausus".
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  3. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    wow, that's a FANTASTIC example SwK!
  4. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    That is an AMAZING specimen of this type!


    All too often the Ancient coin collectors post their World coins in the Ancient forum, because this World Coins forum has been deemed too sleepy.

    Well, here's an Ancient posted in the World forum, for a change! Ha! :p
  5. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector

    Not any more. :D Very nice piece ... and quite suitable for "that" forum.
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  6. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    One of the best examples I have ever seen, beautiful coin and so well struck congrats SwK on a fantastic coin.
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  7. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Wow! That is one of the finest examples of that coin I've seen!
  8. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Very nice example!
  9. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Superb coin.
  10. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

  11. red_spork

    red_spork Triumvir monetalis Supporter

    Such a cool and interesting type and one of the best examples I've ever seen. Well collected!
  12. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    Wow! Think that's the finest one I've ever seen.
  13. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    My Lord. I never knew there were snakes at the top of the reverse.
  14. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

  15. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Wonderful coin @SwK ! Beautiful example... teeth are sharp, detail and devices prominent... nice capture!

    Mine is circulated and pedestrian:

    RI Augustus oak crown -Agrippa rostral crown L AE Dupondius 26mm 12.6g 10-14 CE Nemausus chained Croc snakes wreaths RIC I 158
  16. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    I'le throw one on as well, but OP is a hard act to follow. My one is after 10 BC but before OP example....mid range of the long issue. Agrippa & Augustus Nemauses 10 BC-10 AD.jpg
  17. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    @SwK that is one of the most impressive of these coins that I've seen. Outstanding!!
    Augustus 20.jpg Augustus 17.jpg
  18. alde

    alde Always Learning

    I bet that is one of the finest examples of the type in existence. Mine is mediocre in comparison. Augustus AE As Sear 1730.jpg
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  19. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Impressive is definitely the right word... what a beauty!

    Honestly, this croc type has so much character that I confess to loving all the other examples posted here as well. As hard as it is to find the perfect example (and the OP is as close to one as I've seen), it's equally hard for me to find an example that I don't like.

    Mine is a mutant variant with a horn-snouted croc and the city name spelled COL-NIM.

    Augustus Agrippa - Crocodile Col Nim.jpg
    AE As. 12.0g, 26.4mm. GAUL, Nemasus, circa 20-10 BC. RIC I 156. O: IMP/DIVI.F., head of Agrippa left, wearing combined rostral crown and laurel wreath, bare head of Augustus right. R: COL-NIM, crocodile right chained to palm branch, wreath above, palm fronds below.
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  20. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    @SwK Wow, that is a great coin, or should I call it SwanKy?
    I plan to buy a split one of those to add to my collection.
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  21. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Decisions, decisions! What part of a croc do you want with your half? The hard one is no croc at all. I don't have one like that.
    pb0040bb2251.jpg pb0046bb3017.jpg
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