Orion nigh, in the night time sky

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  1. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    The hoary days of winter approach....any ancients with Orion upon them? Post indeed if there are such, Nary a one (if any) have I.....
     
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  3. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    No bloody takers? Respond, you spawn from the dark side......
     
  4. Johndoe2000$

    Johndoe2000$ Well-Known Member

    While unbeknownst to our humble narrator, the scarabs inch ever closer, preparing to feast. :wideyed:
     
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  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I'll respond. I have none!!!!!
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  6. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Oh bloody hell, it's a constellation. Has ever the visage of such appeared on a coin most ancient?
     
  7. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    And you, sir, will go to the 'Cooler'......:)
     
  8. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    As long as there is beer.......
     
  9. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Yuengling on tap......
     
  10. Johndoe2000$

    Johndoe2000$ Well-Known Member

    I say thee...nay, good sir. o_O
     
  11. Roman Collector

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    I don't believe the mythological figure of Orion the hunter appears on ancient coins. Marshall Faintich's Astronomical Symbols on Ancient and Medieval Coins is quite encyclopedic and makes no mention of such. Moreover, a search at acsearch.info does not reveal any coins depicting the mythological hunter.

    The closest you'll get is a reference to the constellation Lepus, the hare which Orion and his hounds chase through the night sky:

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    It has been speculated that the hare depicted on this 5th century BC coin of Bruttium-Rhegion is related to Orion, god of the Strait of Messina, and therefore symbolizes the unity of Rhegion and Messana.
     
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