Collect mammals on ancient coins? Here is a Panther.

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  1. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    The god Dionysos favored the panther, a big cat normally depicted with spots. Here is one on a mosaic in the Archaeological Museum of Pella:

    Z12.1Dionysos.jpg
    I wonder how many of us have some interest in ancient coins depicting animals? I would think everyone would like a coin with a bold lion or elephant.

    Here is my panther:
    HadrianAlexandriaPanther.jpg
    Hadrian. 19 mm. 5.67 grams.
    An obol (according to Emmett) struck at Roman Alexandria.
    AVT KAI - TPAIAΔPIACEB
    Emmett 1167, year 11, AD 125/6.
    Sear RCV II 3825 (He calls it a hemiobol. I don't know why Emmett and Sear disagree on the denomination. Sear's books on "Roman Coins and their Values" include a good representation of coins struck at Roman Alexandria, unlike the earlier single-volume editions.)
    Geissen II 974.

    I wonder how many different types of mammals we can post? Show us your different ancient mammal!
     
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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    How about a couple of pachyderms:
    PHILIP I 6.jpg
    PHILIP I
    AE Sestertius
    OBVERSE: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right
    REVERSE: AETERNITAS AVGG, elephant and driver walking left, SC in ex.
    Struck at Rome, 247-8 AD
    20.6g, 28mm
    RIC 161a

    OTACILIA SEVERA 2.jpg
    OTACILIA SEVERA
    Æ Sestertius
    OBVERSE: MARCIA OTACILIA SEVERA AVG, diademed and draped bust right
    REVERSE: SAECVLARES AVGG, SC in ex, Hippopotamus standing right, head raised
    Struck at Rome, 248 AD
    18.6g, 30mm
    RIC 200a, Cohen 65
    ex Warren Esty
     
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  4. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    BTW, I love your Hadrian and panther
     
  5. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Nice panther. I have an elephant too.
    CAESAR Elephant NEW.jpg
     
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  6. FitzNigel

    FitzNigel Medievalist Supporter

    I do have a slain panther...
    Anc-10-R4-k0198-Caracalla-Thrace-AE26-Hadrianopolis-2482rv1.jpg
    Provincial Rome - Thrace
    Caracalla, r. 198-217 A.D.
    Hadrianopolis, AE 26, 25.88 x 11 grams; Obv.: AVT K M AVR CE ANTΩNEINOC. Laureate bust right
    Rev.: AΔRIANO-ΠOΛEITΩN. Pan standing right, with horns and legs of goat, holding crook next to head and lionskin fleece over left arm, left foot on panther lying on its back
    Ex. DC Collections

    And of course a wolf:
    Anc-09d-R3-k0332-Urbs Roma-RAE3-TR-S*-16488.jpg
    Imperial Rome
    Constantine I, r. 307-337 A.D. (332-333 A.D.)
    Trier Mint, AE3, 17.25mm x 3 grams
    Obv.: URBS ROMA, Roma bust left, helmet with plume, wearing imperial mantle and ornamental necklace
    Rev.: She-wolf standing left suckling twins; two stars above. Mintmark TRS Star
    Ref.: SRCV 16488

    Lion:
    Anc-09b-R3-k0203-Caracalla-DE-130a.jpg
    Imperial Rome
    Caracalla, r. 198-217 A.D. (203 A.D.)
    Rome Mint, AR Denarius, 20.4mm x 3.21 grams
    Obv.: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right
    Rev.: INDVLGENTIA AVGG, IN CARTH in ex, Dea Caelestis seated facing on lion galloping right over rushing waters, holding thunderbolt and scepter
    Ref.: RIC IV-1 Caracalla 130a, p. 231.

    Two Elephants:
    01-R2-Caesar-FR-DE-01.jpg
    Roman Imperitorial
    Julius Caesar, (49-48 B.C. Original)
    Fouree Denarius, 18.32mm x 3 grams
    Obv.: CAESAR in exergue, elephant right, trampling on serpent
    Rev.: Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat

    Anc-05-BA-iee-Menander I-SCH-28E.jpg
    Kingdom of Bactria
    Menander I Soter, r. c. 165/55-130 B.C.
    AE Square Chalkos, 13.13 x 13.34 mm x 2.3 grams
    Obv.: BASILEWS SWTHR MENANDROU around Elephant head right with trunk raised, wearing bell around neck
    Rev.: Kharosthi around Club of Herakles; monogram to left, A to right
    Ref.: Bopearachchi 28E

    And a horse if you let me go medieval...:
    Med-14-INCal-1098-Roger I-TFol-Mileto-3789.jpg
    Norman Italy - Calabria
    Roger I, r. 1072-1101 (1098-1101)
    Mileto Mint AE Trifollaro, 28.04 mm x 8.3 grams
    Obv.: ROG [ERVS] COME +S. Roger, mounted left wearing Norman helm, holding kite shield and striped banner
    Rev.: + MARIA [MATE]R DNI (’N’ retrograde). Enthroned nimbate Virgin Mary holding on lap Christ child, nimbate and in swaddling clothes right
    Ref.: NCKS 131var., De Wit 3789, [MEC 14, 93]
     
  7. Alegandron

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

    ANTELOPE

    RI Philip I 244-249 CE AR Ant radiate zoo Antelope 1000 yr anniv Rome.jpg
    RI Philip I 244-249 CE AR Ant radiate zoo Antelope 1000 yr anniv Rome
     
  8. Alegandron

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

    GOATS

    upload_2017-8-12_16-54-18.png
    RR C Renius AR Denarius 18mm 3.8g Roma 138 BC Helmeted hd Roma r X - C RENI ROMA Juno driving biga goats r whip reins scepter Cr 231-1
     
  9. Alegandron

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

    RAM / SHEEP

    upload_2017-8-12_16-56-43.png
    TROAS Neandria AR Obol 4thC BCE 0.56g 8mm Laur hd Apollo r - NEA N Ram stdng right within incuse sq SNG Cop 446
     
  10. Sallent

    Sallent Supporter! Supporter

    Appollodotus I Bactrian Drachm.jpg
    An elephant and a Zebu

    C. Vibius C.F. Pansa AR Denarius feat. Minerva.jpg
    Horses

    Istros Drachm.jpg
    Dolphin

    Jital Bull and Horseman Afghanistan.jpg
    A bull

    Kyzicos Boar Hemiobol.jpg
    Lion and wild boar

    M Junius Silanus denarius RR.jpg
    An ass (wild donkey) behind Roma's shoulder

    M. Fonteius AR Denarius.jpg
    A goat

    M. Scaurus Denarius (white).jpg
    A camel

    Constantine Rome Commemoratibve Follis.jpg
    Wolf

    And let's not forget this planet's dominant mammal species and superpredator at the top of the world's food chain.

    Mankind! Yes, us humans are mammals.

    Trajan Mars  Denarii.jpg


    Ok, that's all the mammals I have (a total of 12 animal species ---including man). Other coins repeat many of the mamals I posted above, so I won't post those.
     
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  11. Alegandron

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

    DEER

    upload_2017-8-12_17-7-53.png
    RI Salonina wife of Gallienus 254-268 CE AE Ant 3.61g 20mm Rome mint 267-268 CE crescent Deer Walking delta RIC 15


    DOG
    RR Anon AE Half-Litra 234-231 BC Roma Phrygian Dog S 598 Cr 26-4.jpg
    RR Anon AE Half-Litra 234-231 BC Roma Phrygian Dog S 598 Cr 26-4
     
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  12. Alegandron

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

    MYTHICAL MAMMALS?

    SPHYNX
    Iberia Castulo Late 2nd C BC AE As 25mm Bust Nose Hand Sphinx.jpg
    Iberia Castulo Late 2nd C BC AE As 25mm Bust Nose Hand Sphinx

    MAN-FACED-BULL
    Sicily Gela AR Litra Horse-Achelous 0.63g 13mm 465-450 BCE HGC 2 p 373.JPG
    Sicily Gela AR Litra Horse-Achelous 0.63g 13mm 465-450 BCE HGC 2 p 373

    FLYING PIG
    upload_2017-8-12_17-20-26.png
    Ionia Klazomenai 480-400 BC AR Drachm Pentobol 3.5g 13mm Forepart winged boar r gorgoneion incuse sq Cf SNG Copenhagen 12 Rare

    PEGASUS
    RR Q Titius AR Quinarius 90 BCE PEGASOS Sear 240.jpg
    RR Q Titius AR Quinarius 90 BCE PEGASUS Sear 240

    CENTAUR
    Frentani - Larinum AE 18mm Quadrans 210-175 BCE Herakles - Centaur SNG COP 272.JPG
    Frentani - Larinum AE 18mm Quadrans 210-175 BCE Herakles - Centaur SNG COP 272
     
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  13. Aunduril

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  14. dougsmit

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    Hare - AR litra of Messana
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  15. Smojo

    Smojo THE DARK SIDE Supporter

  16. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    That panther obol is great!

    Mouse/rat on a Ti. Quinctius denarius.
    IMG_9147.JPG

    Possible fox on a L. Papius denarius.
    IMG_5771.JPG
     
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  17. Aunduril

    Aunduril Active Member

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    A camel

    This one is pretty neat what is it?
     
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  18. Alegandron

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

    EEYORE:
    RR Prv Macedon Province 168-166 BC Tamios Quaestor Athena Cow - Eeyore.jpg
    RR Prv Macedon Province 168-166 BC Tamios Quaestor Athena Cow - Eeyore

    COUPLE CAMELS:

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    RR Aemilius Scaurus and Plautius Hypsaeus 58 BC AR Denarius camel scorpion quadriga 4.1g 19mm Rome Cr 422-1b

    RI Trajan CE 98-117 AR drachm Struck CE 114-116 Arabia Petraea Bostra - Camel SNG ANS 1158.JPG
    RI Trajan CE 98-117 AR drachm Struck CE 114-116 Arabia Petraea Bostra - Camel SNG ANS 1158
     
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  19. Smojo

    Smojo THE DARK SIDE Supporter

    Ok. This camel comes with cinnamon sticks to knaw on. :D
    trajan dark 6.jpg
     
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  20. Sallent

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    That coin of mine is an M. Scaurus denarius from 58 BCE, so towards the end of the Republican period for Rome. It celebrates a victory over the Nabateans. On the obverse, King Aretas III kneeling in submission, and holding a palm branch (a symbol of peace), and he is also holding the reigns of the camel.

    On the reverse we see Jupiter riding a quadriga, and a scorpion.

    It is a very unusual design for a denarius, and these coins have such a busy design that it is almost impossible to find one with the entire design on the flan, as the crowded dies were usually larger than the flans being struck by it.

    It doesn't look very Roman at all with the unusual design, but I assure you it is.
     
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  21. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    A nice menagerie we have going. 009.JPG
     
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