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Other Animals on Ancient Coins

Our animals theme also includes the many mythological creatures depicted by ancient people.

Lucera, Apulia, Italy, c. 225 - 217 B.C.

|Italy|, |Lucera,| |Apulia,| |Italy,| |c.| |225| |-| |217| |B.C.||uncia|
In 321 B.C., the Romans, deceived into thinking Lucera was under siege by the Samnites, walked into an ambush and were defeated. The town threw out the Samnites, sought Roman protection, and in 320 B.C. was granted the status of Colonia Togata, which meant it was ruled by the Roman Senate. To strengthen ties, 2,500 Romans moved to Lucera. Roman culture merged with the native one slowly, probably accompanied by cross-cultural marriages, but Lucera was a steadfast supporter of Rome. By the 2nd century B.C., the rustic town was transformed into a proper Roman city with houses, public buildings, paved roads, sidewalks and services for travelers, accommodation for livestock with running water, and warehouses for storing goods.
RR98638. Cast bronze uncia, Vecchi ICC 342; Haeberlin p. 184 - 185, 1 - 56 pls. 71, 3 - 6 and 95, 7; HN Italy 674, VF, edge flaw, weight 10.445 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, Lucera mint, c. 225 - 217 B.C.; obverse frog seen from above; reverse grain ear on stalk, pellet left, L right; ex Roma e-sale 84 (16 Jun 2021), lot 49; ex private European collection; very rare; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00


Ionia, c. 600 - 550 B.C.

|Archaic| |Electrum|, |Ionia,| |c.| |600| |-| |550| |B.C.||hemihekte|
In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. In early Greek art, Sirens were represented as birds with large women's heads, bird feathers, and scaly feet. Later, they were represented as female figures with the legs of birds, with or without wings, playing a variety of musical instruments, especially harps. Later Sirens were sometimes depicted as beautiful women, whose bodies, not only their voices, were seductive.
SH84464. Electrum hemihekte, Unpublished in major references; Naville auction VII (1924), Bement Collection, lot 1435; CNG, Triton XI (8 Jan 2008), lot 253, aEF, tight flan, earthen deposits, weight 1.367 g, maximum diameter 8.8 mm, Ionia, uncertain mint, c. 600 - 550 B.C.; obverse siren standing left; reverse incuse square punch; ex Numismatica Ars Classica, auction 92, part 2 (24 May 2016), lot 1476; this type is not published in the major references but many examples are known from auctions; rare; SOLD


Urso (Osuna), Hispania Ulterior, 150 - 100 B.C.

|Hispania|, |Urso| |(Osuna),| |Hispania| |Ulterior,| |150| |-| |100| |B.C.||AE| |27|
Urso is today Osuna near Seville in southern Spain. The battle of Munda, the last battle won by Julius Caesar in person, was probably fought outside of Osuna.
GB53986. Bronze AE 27, SNG BM 1527 - 1528, aVF, weight 12.438 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 180o, Urso mint, 150 - 100 B.C.; obverse VRSO, helmeted male head right; reverse MARC Q, bear squatting right; excellent for the type; very rare; SOLD


Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.

|Domitian|, |Domitian,| |13| |September| |81| |-| |18| |September| |96| |A.D.||quadrans|
RB58894. Bronze quadrans, RIC II-1 248; BMCRE II 496; BnF 536, F, reverse pitted, weight 2.453 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, obverse rhinoceros walking right; reverse IMP DOMIT AVG GERM, S C (senatus consulto) in center; SOLD







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