Mythical Creatures

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  1. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I just received this Gallienus zoo series centaur in the mail, and while it's not beautiful, the price was right at $2. I looked around to see if I could find a thread filled with mythical creatures but besides some other Gallienus posts, I didn't see one dedicated to just different types of mythical creatures. So, how about we start one? I wonder just how many different ones we can come up with. If I missed a relevant thread somewhere, I apologize!

    Gallienus, Sole reign
    Rome mint
    Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right
    Reverse: APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, drawing bow.
    Officina letter Z below
    Gallienus, Zoo Series, Centaur.png
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  3. Alegandron

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

    Cool coin, @furryfrog02 ! TWO BUCKS? That is great! Nice

    This is my only Centaur...

    Frentani, Italia - kin of the Samnites

    Frentani - Larinum ITALIA ( no, these folks ain’t Greek! )
    AE 18mm
    Quadrans 210-175 BCE
    Herakles -
    Centaur, leaping over 3 pellets
    SNG COP 272
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  4. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Here's a capricorn:

    Cornelia Supera, wife of Aemelian, Augusta, 253 CE.
    Roman provincial Æ 20.5mm, 3.78 g.
    Mysia, Parium, AD 253.
    Obv: G CORN SUPERA, diademed and draped bust right.
    Rev: C. G. I. H. P., Capricorn right, cornucopiae on back; globe between legs (Sear describes as a star, but this appears to be a globe).
    Refs: SGI 4408 (var.); SNG Von Aulock 7448.
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  5. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    Here is my $3.33 version..

  6. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Oh man, that is WAY nicer than mine.
  7. Orielensis

    Orielensis Well-Known Member

    Good idea for a thread!

    Below are some of my mythical creatures and magical beasts.

    Magna Graecia – Sykionia, Sykion, Hemidrachme, Chimäre:Taube.png
    Sikyonia, Sikyon, AR hemidrachm, ca. 330-280 BC. Obv: chimaera advancing l., right paw raised; ΣΙ below. Rev: dove flying left. 16mm, 2.6g. Ref: SNG Copenhagen 64f.

    Magna Graecia – Karien, Kaunos, AE 10, Bulle und Sphinx.png
    Caria, Kaunos, AE10, late 4th c. BC. Obv: charging bull r.; above, wreath. Rev: sphinx seated r; ethnic [K]-AY. 10mm, 1.13g. Ref: BMC 7–10; SNG Copenhagen 183; SNG Keckman I 72.

    Magna Graecia – Pontos, Amisos, AE, Perseus und Pegasus.png
    Pontos, Amisos (Kingdom of Pontos under Mithridates VI Eupator), AE 23, ca. 85–65 BC. Obv: head of Perseus, helmeted, r. Rev: AMI-ΣΟΥ; grazing Pegasus l.; in exergue, monogram. 23mm, 12.91g. Ref: SNG France 1215; BMC 62.

    Garuda (for more info see here):
    Orient, Antike – Gupta Empire, Kumaragupta I, Drachme, Garuda.png
    Gupta Empire, Kumaragupta I, AR drachm, c. 415–455 AD, "Western type." Obv: Head of king r.; blundered legend. Rev: "Paramabhāgavata Rajadhiraja Sri Kumaragupta Mahendraditya"; Garuda standing facing. 14.3mm, 1.70g. Ref: Mitchiner 4845-58.

    MA – Deutschland etc., Freiburg im Breisgau, Lindwurmpfennig.png
    Freiburg im Breisgau (?), civic issue, bracteate penny ("vierzipfliger Pfennig"), ca. 1250 AD. Obv: dragon ("Lindwurm") r. Rev: negative design. 18mm, 0.37g. Ref: Berger 2432–3; Slg. Wüthrich 54; Wielandt, Breisgau 44. Ex Allen Berman.
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  8. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    For less than the price of a King sized candy bar you get a 1780 year old coin. Not bad.
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  9. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    And one that fits in the budget and has a reverse I really like. Definitely can’t complain!
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  10. Ryro

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

    Mega score for $2!... even if @Clavdivs, for a third more, is superior.
    Come gather around a truly great thread idea...


    Certainly I owe you all a bit of fair warning of the ketos monster:

    And his dear friend/nemesis:

    And on your way out of this post please mind the Satyr:
  11. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    Have I got mythical creatures for you!

    Gallienus centaur:

    Gallienus centaur jpg version.jpg

    Gallienus gryphon:

    Gallienus Gryphon jpg version.jpg

    Divus Vespasian capricorns:

    Divus Vespasian AR Denarius - Capricorns jpg version.jpg

    Republican gryphon (L. Papius: Juno Sospita/Gryphon)

    L. Papius - Juno Sospita & Gryphon, jpg version.jpg

    Republican satyr (L. Marcius Censorinus: Apollo/Marsyas):
    Censorinus (Apollo - Marsyas) jpg version Crawford 363-1a.jpg
    Republican Pegasus (Q. Titius: Mutinus Titius [Priapus]/Pegasus)

    Q. Titius denarius jpg version.jpg
    Corinthian Pegasos:

    Corinth AR Stater jpg version.jpg

    Apollonia Pontika Medusa

    Thrace, Apollonia Pontika, c. mid-late 5th century BC. AR Drachm (Gorgoneion-Anchor) jpg version.jpg
    I just posted my L. Plautius Plancus Medusa in the bankers' mark thread, so I'll leave her out here.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2020
  12. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    So by my (possibly wrong) count, we have 12 Mythical creatures represented so far. There's gotta be more than that. I bed @TIF has some we haven't added yet :p
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  13. Alegandron

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

    Metus is from Rasenna (Etruria)

    Etruria, Populonia
    3rd Century BC
    Silver 20-Asses
    8.1g, ovoid 16.6mm x 20mm
    Obv: Facing head of Metus, hair bound with a diadem, X:X below
    Rev: blank
    Sambon 47; HN Italy 152
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  14. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Oof, that is a face only a mother could love.
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  15. Alegandron

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

    ACHELOUS - Man-Faced Bull, River God

    Campania AE Apollo Left-Achelous -275-250BCE PLATE COIN 3 KNOWN RARE SNG ANS 474 - Listed Potamikon pg 232 Plate 343
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  16. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Nike AND a man-faced bull?
    I love it!
  17. Alegandron

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

    LOL, yeah, and the Die-crack really makes it cool! She is also associated with Terror in Etrurian - Rasenna mythology.
  18. Alegandron

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


    Sicily Kamarina AR litra 11mm 0.56g 461-440 BCE Nike flying, swan below within wreath Athena spear shield SNG ANS 1212-6
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  19. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I'm reading the wiki now but it is a bit confusing because it keeps redirecting to Deimos. I'm assuming because of the Greek/Roman crossover and how not everything is the same:

    "Metus was a demon, the son of Venus and Mars. He had a twin brother, Timor. Deimos was the God of Fear and Terror. He is depicted carrying a sword, known as Deimos' Sword of Dread."
  20. Alegandron

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

    Here is a list of Etrurian Mythology.

    I read about Metus in other sources that I cannot find at the moment. They discussed that Metus was also associated with Terror in Etrurian Mythology. However, they noted that using her as a talisman (like on a coin), was to be reassuring and to keep from being in terror. Interpretations... Also, remember, they have not translated the Rasenna language. And, much of this culture influenced early Rome, but has disappeared.
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  21. Alegandron

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


    Sicily Selinus Litra 400 BCE AR 10mm 0.67g Nymph on rock touching serpent Selinon leaf - Man-faced bull Mildenberg 27

    Bruttium AE 18 Hemiobol 215-205 BC 2nd Punic War, Nymph, Terina city, Nike Zeus Left
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