Riding a goat is more fun than a horse

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  1. Pavlos

    Pavlos You pick out the big men. I'll make them brave!

    I do not know much about the history of this city or the iconography of the coin, but I bought it purely for the cool obverse!

    It is Pan riding a goat, it cannot get better than that.

    Sicily, Himera. Æ Hemilitra or Hexonkion. Circa 420-410 B.C.
    Obverse: Pan, blowing into conch shell and holding lagobolon, riding goat springing right; helmet below.
    Reverse: Nike flying left, holding aphlaston in extended right hand, left hand holding hem of chiton; six pellets (mark of value) to left.
    Reference: SNG Copenhagen 318; Calciati 27; HGC 2, 474
    6.22g; 20mm

    If you have any more info regarding the coin/city please feel free to share it.
    Also, post your coins from Himera, goats and people (or gods?) riding animals!
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    A nice coin.

    Here is one of my goats.

    Kelenderis, Cilicia, (440 - 400 B.C.)
    AR Stater
    O: Young man riding sideways on horse galloping left, nude, preparing to dismount, bridle in left hand on near side of horse, whip in left hand, A below before hind legs.
    R: Goat crouching left on solid exergue line, head turned looking back right, KEΛEN over ivy spray with leaf and berries, all in a shallow round incuse.
    Kelenderis (Aydincik, Turkey) mint
    Celenderis Hoard 3 (O15/R15); SNG BnF 46; cf. BMC Cilicia p. 52, 10 (KEΛ); SNGvA 5617 (KEΛEN)

    Ex. Numismatik Naumann Auction 77 (5 May 2019), lot 304.
  4. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Never seen that type, very interesting obverse.

    A much more common goat :

    Valerian II, antoninianus - Cologne mint, AD 257-258
    VALERIANVS CAES, radiate and draped bust of Valerian junior right
    IOVI CRESCENTI, Young Jupiter on back of goat Amalthea right
    3.66 gr
    Ref : RCV # 10731, Cohen #26


    +VGO.DVCKS Well-Known Member

    ...Wow. I'm still getting my head around the whole concept of anyone riding a goat. Divine or not.
    If you've ever seen a real one, who was single and correspondingly Mad As (expletive of choice), and kept in his own fence for the safety of the general public.... It was like, you look at him, and you Know he wants to hurt you.
    ...True story. Sorry if it was off point.
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  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Basileus Megalos

    Here's my Valerian II goat, nice reverse strike which pushed the cost up...

    Valerian II, AR antoninianus, 23 mm 4.2 grams

    Struck: 257-258, Cologne.

    Obverse: VALERIANVS CAES, radiate, draped bust right

    Reverse: IOVI CRESCENTI, the child Jupiter sitting right on the goat Amalthea, looking left, right hand raised, left hand holding the goat's horn.

    Reference: RIC 3 (Lyons); Cohen 26 (Saloninus); Elmer 67a; Goebl 0907e; Sear 10731.


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  7. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Interesting coin.
    One goat from Thessalonica:
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  8. Alegandron

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


    THRACO-MAKEDON TRIBES- MYGDONES or KRESTONES 480-470 BCE AR Obol 0.79g 11mm Goat Quadripartite incuse square AMNG III 14
    Ex: @Bing
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  9. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    MN. FONTEIUS CF 2.jpg
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Laureate head of Apollo Vejovis right, M FONTEI CF behind, thunderbolt below, ROMA monogram below chin
    REVERSE: Infant winged Genius (or Cupid) infant Genius riding goat right, , caps of the Dioscuri above, filleted thyrsos below
    Struck at Rome 85 BC
    3.87g, 20mm
    Cr353/1a; Fonteia 9
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  10. Alegandron

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

    Goat Sacrifice

    RR AR Denarius 3.88g L Pomponius Molo 97 BCE Rome Apollo Numa Pompilius stdng Lituus alter sacrifice goat Cr 334-1 Syd 607
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  11. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    My Mn. Fonteius Apollo/Cupid riding
    goat denarius:

    Fonteius - Infant Genius on Goat jpg version 2.jpg

    And my own Valerian II -- a pretty popular type around here, it seems.

    Valerian II antoninianus - IOVI CRESCENTI reverse - jpg version.jpg
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  12. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Val II also rides an eagle. Way more fun than a horse.
    Valerian II 1.jpg
    AR Antoninianus
    OBVERSE: DIVO VALERIANO CAES - Radiate, draped bust right.
    REVERSE: CONSACRATIO - Valerian II riding eagle right, upwards
    Struck at Rome, 257-58 AD
    3.2g, 23mm
    RIC 9, S 3071
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  13. Meander

    Meander Well-Known Member

    My grandma used to keep a goat when I was a kid. I was supposed to take the goat to the pasture occasionaly and keep an eye on it while it was grazing. A smart and useful animal.


    CILICIA, Kelenderis. Circa 430-420 BC. Stater (Silver, 18mm, 10.70 g 10). Youthful nude rider, holding the reins with his right hand and a goad in his left, seated sideways on horse prancing to left, preparing to jump off and run alongside the horse. Rev. Goat kneeling left, its head turned back to right; above, knucklebone. SNG France 44-45.

    ex Stoecklin collection, Nomos AG 14, 17.5.2017, lot 155, ex Hess-Leu 28, 5.5.1965, lot 258, supposedly bought in the bazaar in Istanbul in June 1958
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  14. Pavlos

    Pavlos You pick out the big men. I'll make them brave!

    Very nice goat coins all! Thanks for sharing!
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  15. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    I am thrilled to see the OP - I have one of those. Or rather a smaller version of the OP. Or at least I think so!

    As for attribution, it's kind of a guess: the OP has very clear pellets, mine not so much:

    Sicily Pan Goat Sep 18 (0).jpg

    Sicily, Himera Æ 16 Tetras
    (c. 420-410 B.C.)

    Nude rider (Pan as youth?) on a goat right, blowing in conch; three pellets below / Nike flying left, holding aphlaston in right hand & seam of her gown in left; two pellets before.
    Calciati 32-34v (?)
    (2.72 grams / 16 mm)
    eBay Sep. 2018 Lot @ $1.08

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