Fantastic beasts on coinage!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by panzerman, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Well. I am still waiting for thunderstorm to end....
    Picked this little thing up from Herige, finest known.
    AV 1/2 Pagoda ND 1.69g. 11mm. die axis 2:00 oclock
    Achyutaraya I 1530-42

    obverse: a Gandabherunda (two headed eagle) holding an elephant in each beak, wow....that musta been quite a big bird!
    Please show your coins with mythical beasts:) lf.jpg lf (1).jpg
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  3. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Great thunderbird , congrats panzerman.


  4. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    A Capricorn.

    AR Denarius, 3.21g
    Rome mint, 79 AD
    RIC 1058 (C). BMC 251. RSC 554.
    Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
    Rev: TR - POT X COS VIIII; Capricorn l. : below, globe
    Ex Harlan J. Berk 138, 1 June 2004, lot 224.
  5. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Wonderful coin! The artistry looks near Celtic:artist:
    Hmmmm. Mythical creature? I'll have to Sphinx about it, but I'll come up with one...


    Ionia, Chios. ca.84-27 BC. AE (12mm, 2.16g). Sphinx seated right, forepaw raised over bunch of grapes. / Amphora. BMC 93. Former Kairos Numismatik


    SPAIN, Castulo
    I Century BCE Æ As Diademed head, hand before / Helmeted Sphinx standing, star at right. Burgos.543. aVF, earthen brown patina.
  6. Alegandron

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

    Great AV coin @panzerman ... and such a HUMONGOUS bird on a small coin!

    Double Uraeus

    Carthage Zeugitania
    AR ½ Shekel 17mm 3.8g
    2nd Punic War 218-202 BCE Sicily mint 216-211 BCE
    Tanit left
    Horse r sun as double uraeus
    SNG COP North Africa 359
  7. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random nobody who doesn’t know anything...

    Finest known or finest graded? Those can be two very different things. Pretty coin and crazy bird!
  8. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

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