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Elk on Ancient Coins

Philip II, July or August 247 - Late 249 A.D.

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During Philip's reign the 1000th anniversary of Rome (248 A.D.) was celebrated, and magnificent games were held. This coin was issued as part of that celebration and the reverse depicts one of the animals which was displayed during the games. Traditionally this type has been described as "goat" - hardly exotic enough for the event - but it might actually be the northern European elk (similar to an American moose).
RB79786. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 264a (S), Cohen V 73, Hunter III 34, SRCV III 9283, aVF, light corrosion, squared flan, weight 14.300 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 248 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SAECVLARES AVGG, elk walking left, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; scarce; $105.00 (Ä93.45)


Philip II, July or August 247 - Late 249 A.D.

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During Philip's reign the 1000th anniversary of Rome (248 A.D.) was celebrated, and magnificent games were held. This coin was issued as part of that celebration and the reverse depicts one of the animals which was displayed during the games.

Traditionally the animal on this type has been described as "goat" - hardly exotic enough for the event - but it might actually be the northern European elk (similar to an American moose).
RS41744. Silver antoninianus, SRCV III 9275, RIC IV 224, RSC IV 72, EF, nicely centered, weight 3.706 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 248 A.D.; obverse IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SAECVLARES AVGG, elk walking left, III in exergue; SOLD







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