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Crocodiles on Ancient Coins

The crocodile was a symbol of Egypt.

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||denarius|
The crocodile was the Roman symbol for Egypt and this coin may refer to the quelling of a revolt in Egypt, perhaps related to the Bar Kokhba revolt. This anepigraphic reverse type seems to be quite rare. RIC II and RSC II misdescribe the emperor as having a foot on a prow. The type is missing from the British Museum and Hunter Coin Cabinet. There are only two on Coin Archives and one has a left facing bust. This is the first example of the type handled by Forum.
RS74387. Silver denarius, SRCV II 3551; RIC II 294 corr. (S, prow vice crocodile); RSC II 1503a corr. (same); BMCRE III p. 338, * (note); Hunter III - (p. lvii), aVF, weight 3.318 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse Emperor standing right, wearing military garb, inverted spear in right hand, parazonium in left hand, left foot on crocodile, no inscription; vary rare; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||denarius|
Hadrian traveled broadly, inspecting and correcting the legions in the field. More than half his reign was spent outside of Italy. Hadrian traveled as a fundamental part of his governing, and made this clear to the Roman senate and the people. This type was probably struck to commemorate his journey on the Nile when he traveled to Egypt in 130.
SH72526. Silver denarius, RSC II 989, BMCRE III 857, RIC II 310, SRCV II 3508, VF, well centered, toned, porous, light marks, weight 2.706 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare head right; reverse NILVS, Nilus reclining right, resting right arm on urn(?), reed in right, raising cornucopia in left hand, hippopotamus before him at feet, crocodile in waves below; SOLD


Augustus and Agrippa, c. 10 - 14 A.D., Colonia Augusta Nemausus, Gallia Narbonensis

|Roman| |Gaul|, |Augustus| |and| |Agrippa,| |c.| |10| |-| |14| |A.D.,| |Colonia| |Augusta| |Nemausus,| |Gallia| |Narbonensis||dupondius|
The reverse commemorates the conquest of Egypt in 30 B.C. This theme was probably used at Nemausus because the colony was settled by Egyptian Greeks and veterans from Anthony's army that had surrendered to Octavian at Actium. This coin is from a final revival of the type with the addition of P P, for Pater Patri, Father of the Country, on the obverse. Augustus was honored with this title in 2 B.C.
RP08467. Bronze dupondius, RPC Online I 525, RIC I 159, SNG Cop 700, SNG Tüb 160, SRCV I 1731, VF, weight 12.50 g, maximum diameter 25.4 mm, die axis 45o, Colonia Augusta Nemausus (Nimes, France) mint, c. 10 - 14 A.D.; obverse back to back heads of Agrippa and Augustus, Agrippa (on left) facing left wearing a rostral crown, Augustus laureate head right, IMP above, P - P flanking below chins, DIVI F below; reverse crocodile right chained to a palm, wreath with long ties over COL - NEM across field above crocodile divided by palm, two palm fronds below crocodile; SOLD







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