Gallienus with Hippocamp

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  1. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    I bought an interesting cast coin today. I will post that coin when it arrives. This coin was an adder. I saw it in the Roman Imperial section and thought it looked interesting.
    gallienus hippocamp.jpg gallienus hippocamp rev tintinna 6.23.18.jpg
    Roman Empire; Gallienus; 253-268 AD; AE antoninianus.
    Rome mint, struck A.D. 267-268.
    Obverse – Radiate head R, GAL[LIENV]S AVG
    Rev - Hippocamp swimming right, NEPT [VNO CONS AVG], below N
    Weight 2.63 grams
    Diameter 19 mm
    Green patina with some silvering, some of legend missing, otherwise SPL
    RIC 245
    RSC 668
    Cohen 667

    I found about 50 examples on line. Most sold for modest prices ($10 - $100), but a few high grade, well struck and centered examples sold for over $200. Mine hammered for 7 Euros, or $10 - $15 with vig, but no postage. I noted only letter, N, below the Hippocamp. A similar coin has either S or H below a Capricorn, right. I did not notice any exergue lines. Capricorns and Hippocamps are similar animals. The Capricorn has horns like a goat and the Hippocamp does not.

    Some interesting comments from descriptions on acsearch:
    1. One of the rare secondary reverse types in Gallienus' animal series: a hippocamp not a capricorn is usually associated with the legend naming Neptune. - Gemini, LLC; Auction XI; Lot 499; 1/12/14
    2. Reverse translation: 'Neptuno Conservatori Augusti', (To Neptune the protector of the august). -
    3. The engraving of the officina mark, 'N', is so poorly done that it appears to be a 'III'-- a common occurrence at Rome during this time period. - CNG web shop
    This is my second Hippocamp this year:
    Athena Hippocamp Timtinna 70.jpg Athena Hippocamp rev Timtinna 70.jpg
    Post your hippocamps, capricorns, and other neat animals.
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  3. Orfew

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  4. Roman Collector

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    Cool! That's one of the more sought-after of the Gallienus zoo series, which you can read about here and here.

    Other mythical creatures in the series include centaurs:

    Gallienus APOLLINI CONS AVG Antoninianus.jpg

    And griffins:

    Gallienus APOLLINI CONS AVG griffin Antoninianus.jpg

    And the winged horses that pull Sol's chariot across the sky:

    Gallienus SOLI CONS AVG winged horse antoninianus.jpg
  5. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Nice hippocampus rrdenarius, I have one like your Sicily coin and a Capricorn of Philip II. 357.jpeg 103265-1 (2) - Copy.jpeg
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  6. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Nice coins, everyone. I've got a Capricorn from Caria:

    Caria Tabae Flavian Portrait (7).JPG

    Caria, Tabae Æ 17
    (time of Domitian, 81-96 A.D.)
    Orthrios, priest (or Orthrios Hieron, magistrate).

    ΔHMOC [TABHNΩ]N, Laureate head of Demos right, with Flavian features / ΔIA OP IЄ. Capricorn right. RPC II 1257; SNG Copen. 542-3; BMC 41-3.
    (2.65 grams / 17 mm )
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  7. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    I had to read these sentences several times to understand the meaning
    (too little sleep and not enough coffee) I thought meant your new cast coin depicted a snake :D

    Excellent score, RR! A surprising one since it is a tad removed from your niche :D

    I have a thing for hippocamps :)

    ROMAN REPUBLIC, Moneyer Q. Crepereius M.f. Rocus. 69 BCE. AR serrate denarius.

    SICILY, Syracuse. Dionysius I. 400-335 BCE. Athena/hippocamp. A pristine hippocamp

    PHOENICIA, Byblos. Uzibaal. 350-335 BCE. AR dishekel

    PHOENICIA, Berytos. 1st century BCE. Æ19.5, 5.9 gm. Hippocamp quadriga!

    Sicily, Syracuse. AE 13, c. 425 BCE. Arethusa(?)/hippocamp & octopus

    THESSALY, Larissa Kremaste. AE trichakon; Achilles/Thetis seated on hippocamp
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  8. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    That's a nice example for a great price, @rrdenarius. The Hippocamp is especially clear.

    Mine, courtesy of last year's awesome Secret Saturn. The officina mark N looking like a III as per the note you quote.
    Gallienus - Zoo Hippocamp CT 2017 SS 2323.jpg

    Harder to come by is the one dedicated to Mercury with the half-ram Criocamp. It look me a couple of years to find this one. Gallienus - Zoo Criocamp 2511.jpg
  9. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Gallienus 19.jpg
    OBVERSE: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right
    REVERSE: NEPTVNO CONS AVG, hippocamp or Capricorn right, N below
    Struck at Rome, Sole Reign, 267-268 AD
    2.2g, 17mm
    RIC 245
    Gallienus 11.jpg
    OBVERSE: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right
    REVERSE: NEPTVNO CONS AVG, hippocamp or Capricorn right, N below
    Struck at Rome, Sole Reign, 267-268 AD
    3.9g, 20mm
    RIC 245
  10. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Redditor Lucis Aeternae

    Here's my SOLI CONS AVG type with Pegasus (or one of Sol's horses)...


  11. Alegandron

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

    Great job on those Hippocamps @rrdenarius ! They look super. Fun animules. :)

    I only have a couple Hippocamps:
    Sicily Syracuse ca 410 BC AE 19 Athena Wreath Hippocamp.jpg
    Sicily Syracuse ca 410 BC AE 19 Athena Wreath Hippocamp
    Ex: @Blake Davis (Mortown)

    Tyre, 1/16 shekel. 10 mm. 0.47 grams.
    hippocamp left over waves/owl with crook and flail behind
    Sear Greek 5916. BMC Tyre 43, page 233
    SNG Danish 302
    Ex: @Valentinian (

    This is a tough little coin to find, and I really liked the Horse on it.
    Carthage Zeugitania Libyan Revolt AR Shekel 24mm 7.34g 241-238 BCE Wreathed Tanit Horse stndg control mark and Punic M SNG Cop 236
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