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Hippocamp

The hippocampi or hippocampus (plural: hippocampi) is a mythological creature shared by Phoenician, Greek, and Etruscan mythology. It is typically depicted with a horse forepart and a coiling, scaly, fishlike hindquarter.

Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

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The hippocamp is the mythical chariot-beast of Neptune with the head and fore-parts of a horse, scales and sometimes fin appendages, and a sea-serpent tail.

This coin was struck to appeal to Neptune to protect Emperor Augustus. Apparently Neptune was not impressed. Soon after it was struck, in Sep 268, Gallienus was murdered by his senior officers while besieging the would-be usurper Aureolus in Mediolanum (Milan). The Senate charged Marcus Aurelius Claudius with Gallienus' murder but it was never proven. The accused became the new emperor, Claudius II.
RA112898. Billon antoninianus, GŲbl MIR 743b, RIC V-1 S245, RSC IV 667, Hunter IV S121, SRCV III 10292, aVF, green patina, corrosion, ragged edge, weight 3.114 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, 9th officina, Rome mint, 267 - 268 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right; reverse NEPTVNO CONS AVG (to Neptune protector of the Emperor), hippocamp right, N (appearing as H) in exergue; $60.00 (Ä56.40)







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