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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 undoubted depicts one of the animals 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, RIC IV 224, RSC IV 72, Hunter III 26, SRCV III 9275, 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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