First For 2021

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by furryfrog02, Jan 4, 2021.

  1. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    So this was technically purchased in 2020...but it arrived today. A new beast for the Gallienus zoo!

    After the shenanigans with the vcoins store, I am glad that this guy arrived safe and sound.

    Don't worry, the green stuff is crusted so I don't think it will spread.

    AE antoninianus
    Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head right
    Reverse: NEPTVNO CONS AVG, Hippocamp leaping right
    Mintmark N

    Gallienus, Antoninanus, Hippocamp.png
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  3. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    Well - that's a great way to start off the year!!!

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  4. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

  5. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    Love the zoo coins! They’re so much fun as they’re a theme both easy to start but a never ending challenge to find one in just a little better condition.
    RIC 245
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  6. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Always hard to find a really nice looking Gallienus!
    I want to add some more creatures to the menagerie this year for sure.
  7. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Nice first arrival of 2021. Gotta love the Zoo series. I like that the hippocamp is especially clear on your coin.

    I'll show my hippocamp and also its scarcer cousin the criocamp. I understand Neptune's relation to the hippocamp, but I do wonder why the criocamp was associated with Mercury.

    Gallienus - Zoo Hippocamp CT 2017 SS 2323.jpg GALLIENUS
    AE Antoninianus. 2.75g, 21.8mm. Rome mint, AD 267-268. RIC V 245; Göbl 743b; Wolkow, CMR Gallien, 23a9. O: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right. R: NEPTVNO CONS AVG, hippocamp right; N (officina) in exergue.

    Gallienus - ex Holmes Zoo Criocamp 3536.jpg GALLIENUS
    AE Antoninianus. 3.35g, 22.1mm. Rome mint, 8th officina, 10th issue, AD 267-268. 'Zoo' series. MIR 36, 741b; RIC V (sole reign) 242; Wolkow 21a8 (R); Cunetio 1389. O: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right. R: MERCVRIO CONS AVG, Criocamp to right; H in exergue.
    Ex N. M. McQ. Holmes Collection; ex Rauch Sommerauktion 2010 (13 September 2010), lot 1208
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  8. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Love the Gallienus zoo! Here's my hippocamp:

    Gallienus NEPTVNO CONS AVG Antoninianus.jpg
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  9. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Ok so now we have 4 Hippocamps. What is a group of hippocamps called? Just curious.
  10. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  11. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member

    I have no criocamp but this is a hippocampus (the better of my two hippocampi).

    Now a question to which I do not have a certain answer. What is in exergue that looks III? Compare it to the N's on the coin. I believe it is a number III (for officina 3) but the typestyle really makes it seem strange. Look at all the ones above.

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  12. Claudius_Gothicus

    Claudius_Gothicus Well-Known Member

    This is a series that I'm also trying to complete, but so far I have only acquired the panther:
    Gallienus (253-268), Antoninianus, Rome mint.
    Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right;
    Reverse: LIBERO P CONS AVG, panther walking left. B in exergue;
    RIC 230
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  13. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    That's a good one.
    I have either a panther or a tiger that I got in an uncleaned lot.
  14. Sealgair

    Sealgair Member

    Re the collective for hippocampus: It would likely depend on how we view the various parts of iconography and mythology, plus the linguistics. The term itself means “horse” + “sea-monster”. [A nerdy and much simplified etymological footnote: kampos originates in PIE *qamp- ‘bend’ which becomes e.g. L campus ‘open field’ but also Gk kampe ‘caterpillar’, from which our form comes. So jokes about sea-monsters at our universities might be appropriate but obscure as could be!] Choosing the horse bit suggests “herd”, though if we favor only the male gender, I like “harrass” (a group of stallions). (Both of those have an attractive alliteration, too.) I don’t recall ever seeing a Greek collective for sea monsters, and given the organizational structure of classical mythology, I would be a little surprised to find one. But the morphology of the critters themselves is mostly fish-like, so “shoal” would work. Finally, the focus could be on the ‘monster’ aspect. The recent resurgence of horror has produced many neologisms (including the lovely “lurch of zombies”), and Rowling or Guillermo del Toro may have ones in their minds, but nothing comes to the surface. Clearly we need to get to work.
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  15. Alegandron

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

    Oh, cripes... ANOTHER difficult question...

    Ok, how 'bout a HIPPO-"CAMP"...
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  16. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Why don't we combine the fish and horses together to make
    "harass shoal" (say that 5 times fast...just not in good company)
    Ok...I'll stop.

    I do like alliteration but I like the Hippo Camp idea as well :)
  17. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Man, you take Happy New Year literally huh. Nice, lucky you. Thanks
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