Drunken Dionysus

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  1. Barry Murphy

    Barry Murphy Well-Known Member

    A trio of Mende tetradrachms, first Mende Kaliandra hoard.


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  3. Dwarf

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    But even drunk this guy can play kottabos
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  4. Roman Collector

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    Beautiful coins, @Barry Murphy, and an interesting design! Dionysus riding backwards on a donkey! I'm used to him riding forwards on a panther!

    Faustina II, AD 147-175.
    Roman provincial triassarion, 6.34 g, 23.4 mm, 7 h.
    Thrace, Pautalia, AD 161-175.
    Obv: ΦΑVCΤΕΙΝ-Α CΕΒΑCΤΗ, draped bust of Faustina II, right; band of pearls around head.
    Rev: ΟVΛΠΙΑC-ΠΑVΤΑΛΙ-ΑC, Dionysus seated on panther walking, r., resting r. arm on panther, holding thyrsus.
    Refs: RPC IV 8811; Ruzicka 99.
    Notes: Double die match to RPC IV 8811(4) = Ruzicka 99(4) = Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum 8775.
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  5. Barry Murphy

    Barry Murphy Well-Known Member

    The third coin is ex Ars Classica XII (1926), lot 1128
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  6. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis Student/Collector Supporter

    I think the local legion acting as police would dislike a drunken rider. Think about all the horse-accidents! :wacky:

    I personally prefer the leftmost because of the pretty nice flan, with great style.
    The rightmost also has really nice style. I like that he's facing leftward to prove he's not looking at the road :eek:
  7. Ryro

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    Hilarious and beautiful:D:artist:
    What does the reverse look like?
  8. Cherd

    Cherd Junior Member Supporter

    That's the nice thing about horses, they drive themselves. One of the arguments in support of horses during the advent of automobiles was that cars couldn't take you home when you were hammered!
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  9. Ryan McVay

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    We are getting closer to this! Self driving cars and semis are being tested on the roads, now.
  10. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    Is that even a horse? To me it looks like a mule/donkey!
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  11. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis Student/Collector Supporter

    Yes, you are correct.

    I just thought horses would be generally common.
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