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Ancient Greek BestiaryClockwise: Lion of Chersonessos, Dyrrhachion Cow, Calf and Wasp; Dove of Sikyon; Pegasos of Leukas (mythical); Lion and Bull of Tarsos; Macedonian Horse and Human.
Center: Owl of Athens.
Of the animals listed above, it is said that the human animal is the most violent and destructive of all.
4 commentsJason T
Ancient Greek Bestiary: revamped!A choice example of ancient Grecian animals (some are imagined or mythical). Can you identify any of them?

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1 commentsJason T
Gallienus RIC Rome 181 obv and rev.jpg
AE Antoninianus
19.6mm. 2.62g.
Die Alignment: 165 degrees.
Rome Mint. 267-268 A.D.
Obv: GALLIENVS AVG - Radiate and draped bust right.
Rev: DINAE CONS AVG - Antelope walking left.
Exergue: gamma
Ref: RIC Rome 181 unlisted variant
Antelope, Gallienus (253-268 AD.) AE-Antoninianus, DIANAE CONS AVG,Gallienus (253-268 AD.) AE-Antoninianus,
avers:- GALLIENVS-AVG, radiate head right.
revers:- DIANAE-CONS-AVG, antelope walking left, right legs forwards.
exergo: Gamma
diameter: 19-20mm
weight: 2,84g
mint: Rome
ref: RIC-181var, Cunetio hoard 1344, Minster hoard 69, Appleshaw hoard 82,
1 commentsquadrans
Antelope, Philip I Antoninianus. A.D.248.Obverse: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, seen from behind.
Reverse: SAECVLARES AVGG. Antelope walking left; in exergue, VI (officina 6).
RIC IV iii : 21 | RSC IV : 189 | SRCV III : 8959

This coin is one of a series of coins struck by Philip I and Philip II in A.D.248 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of Rome. Many of these coins depict the various animals, brought from all over the Empire, which were displayed in the arena during the games celebrating this event.
BEE (The bee cage)Ephesos, Ionia 202BC-133BC
Ephesos mint
Obverse bee within wreath
Reverse Stag in front of palm tree
3 commentsPaul D3
Boar - GallienusObverse:- GALLIENVSAVG, Head right with radiate crown
Reverse:- HERCVLICONSAVG, Boar right
Exergue:- E
Boar, Gallienus: Hercules' boarGallienus (253–268)
Rome mint, workshop E.
Obeverse: GALLIENVSAVG, Gallienushead right.
Reverse: HERCVLICONSAVG, boar right. E below.

Comment: One of the true rarities of the zoo series. This is not a great specimen. The boar’s head are disfigured because of ghosting due to a die clash with the obverse die. However it’s a heavy coin with silvery color. Sometimes you just have to take what you can get.

W=3.97g; D=21x20mm.
BULLJulian II AD 360-363 minted Heraclea Ae1
S617 8.19g
Diademed bust right with legend DAFLCL IVLIANVS PF AVG
Bull standing right with legend SECVRITAS REIPVB
* in field, HERACLEA in exerge
June 04 £65
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BULL (Oxen), L. Cassius CaeicinusL. Cassius Caeicinus (or Caecianus), 102 BC. Dr. bust of Ceres l., wreathed with corn, CAEICIAN (AN in monogram) and control-letter behid. Rev.: Yoke of oxen l., control-letter above, L CASSI in ex.
Bull - GallienusObverse:- GALLIENVSAVG, Head right with radiate crown
Reverse:- SOLICONSAVG, Bull left
Exergue:- XI
Bull - GallienusObverse:- GALLIENVSAVG, Head right with radiate crown
Reverse:- SOLICONSAVG, Bull standing right
Exergue:- XI
(purchased from the FORVM shop)
Bull - Julian II The ApostateDN FL CL IVLI-ANVS PF AVG
RIC VIII 122 Nicomedia

Bull, head facing, standing right; above, two stars

There is still some dirt on this coin which is what shows the mottled appearance. The coin is in remarkable condition, however with high relief and detail.

--Fred (Roscoedaisy)
Bull and Deer, Chersoneos City IssueChersonesos City Issue, 300-290 BC, Bull and Virgo
AE 6.9gm/22mm
Obv/ KLEMYTADA; bull butting l., below legend, bow and long, thin quiver
Rev/ Virgo leaping l., spearing fallow deer.
Con/ EF, near-black patina. Very rare coin with an elegant reverse.
Ref/ Anokhin, Coins of the Chersonese (Monetnoe dela Chersonesa), no. 80, but giving the legend as KLEMYTADA; Anokhin lists only four varieties, with different names of magistrates.
Bull charging right, tunny-fish below. AR nomos Lucania, ThourioiLucania, Thourioi
Silver didrachm. 385-360 B.C.
21.2mm, 7.00g

O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Skylla holding trident
R: Bull charging right, ΘΟΥΡΙΩΝ above, tunny-fish right in exergue.

collection Frederic Weber/
frederic W
Bull on an Augustus DenariusDenarius struck in Lyon c.12 BC
AUGUSTUS DIVI F, Bare head of Augustus right
IMP X, Bull butting right
3.77 gr
Ref : RCV #1610, Cohen #137
6 commentsPotator II
BULL, Aiolis, Larissa Phrikonis mint. c. 350 B.C. Aiolis, Larissa Phrikonis mint. c. 350 B.C. Bronze AE 11, 0.93g, 10.8mm. Fine. Obv: female head facing. Rev: bull's head right, LA. Ref: Weber 5563. Lindgren and Von Aulock each list one single coin of the city. Sear list four coins. (Flan chipped). Very rare
Bull, Arados, Phoenicia, 85 - 84 B.C.Bronze AE 22, BMC Phoenicia p. 41, 332, F, 6.765g, 22.0mm, 0o, obverse veiled bust of Astarte-Europa right, wearing stephane and veil; reverse humped bull jumping to left, head turned facing, KN / PC above, POE (year 175) / M q (Phoenician daleth) below
Bull, Gallienus, AE Antoninianus, RIC V, I 285Gallienus
As sole Augustus, 260-268 A.D.

Coin: AE Antoninianus, invoking the protection of Sol against the revolt of Aureolus.

Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate bust facing right.
Reverse: SOLI CONS AVG, a Bull, standing to the right. XI in exergue.

Weight: 2.34 g, Diameter: 21 x 20 x 1 mm, Die axis: 200°, Mint: Rome, struck between 267 - 268 A.D. Reference: RIC V, I 285, Note: 1 of 25 AE Antoninianii, ranging from Gallienus to Tetricus II, I bought from a seller in 2012. He had 125 for sale in total, and had in turn bought them from the original finder, who is said to have found this Hoard in 2003 near Harlow in the County of Essex.
Constantine IV
BULL, Indian Humped BullSeleukid Kingdom, Antioch on the Orontes, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, AE20 Double
Winged head of Medusa right. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKY Indian humped bull butting right, control mark Ξ in exergue.
SC 21.2(b); CSE 9; WSM 925; SNG Spaer 23; HGC 9, 92a (S-R1). Struck ca. 286-281 BC at Antioch on the Orontes.
(20 mm, 7.06 g, 2h).
Note the misspelled legend, missing the letter O in the genitive of the king's name; the only known example of this apparently unrecorded error.
ex-Forvm Ancient Coins

This coin type was produced at many mints across the Seleukid Empire in the last years of Seleukos’ reign. The bull on the reverse is an allusion to a story about Seleukos’ prowess related to us in Appian: He (Seleukos) was of such a large and powerful frame that once when a wild bull was brought for sacrifice to Alexander and broke loose from his ropes, Seleukos held him alone, with nothing but his bare hands, for which reason his statues are ornamented with horns.
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BULL, Kherei, Lycian Dynast Silver StaterKherei, Lycian Dynast Silver Stater, S. Hurter, INJ 14 (2000-2), pp. 15-18, pl. 2, 1/6, struck 410-390BC,
8.7 grams, 17.8 mm. Choice VF

Obv: Lion right, attacking bull standing left
Rev: Bull standing left, triskeles above, all within incuse square
These coins are only known with a very crude obverse strike due to worn dies. However I really like the reverse, and that makes up for the lack of a clear obverse. Actually this specimen has a faint motif if you look closely.
Another interesting thing is the four die cracks that starts from each corner of the incuse. This tell us the kind of force that was used during the striking. Maybe this explains the state of the obverse die?
Interesting coin all togheter.
BULL, Panticapaeum City Issue, Old Satyr and Ox, 325 BCPanticapaeum City Issue, Old Satyr and Ox, 325 BC

Æ 18mm/5.5gm, struck c. 325 BC
Obv/ Head of bearded Satyr l.
Rev/ ΠAN; head of ox left.
Con/ VF, dark brown patina.
Ref/ MacDonald # 67
Bulls of JulianHere are only some bulls of Julian The Apostate - they are various but all very nice!4 commentsAnachoret
CapricornAR cistophoric tetradrachm. (12.07 gm). Ephesus mint, 25-20 BC. Bare head right. IMP CAESAR / Capricorn right, head left, holding cornucopiae ,AVGUSTVS below ; all within laurel wreath. RIC I 480; Sutherland Group VI, 241a (O35/R45-same reverse die); RSC 16.
Triton VII, Lot: 847.
AIGIPAN (or Aegipan) was one of the goat-footed gods known as Panes. When the gods fled from the monstrous giant Typhoeus and hid themselves in animal form, Aigipan assumed the form of a fish-tailed goat. Later he came to the aid of Zeus in his battle with creature, by stealing back his stolen sinews. As a reward the king of the gods placed him amongst the stars as the Constellation Capricorn. The mother of Aigipan, Aix (the goat), was perhaps associated with the constellation Capra.

CAPRICORN, Gallienus Legionary AntoninianusGallienus Legionary Antoninianus, 260 AD, Mediolanum.
Obv: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: LEG IIXX VI P VII F, Capricorn right.
21-23 mm, 2.08 g
RIC V, Part 1, 362

The 18. Legion was destroyed with Varus and never reformed - the reverse legend is a celator error and should be XXII, Legion 22 Primagenia, which was stationed in Mogontiacum.
CapricornsVespasian by TitusJon
Gallienus APOLLINI CONS AVG RIC 163.jpg
CentaurAnt, GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head R; APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking R with bow. N in exe. Rome, RIC 164, Common.Robert_Brenchley

O: Laur. head of Zeus, L
R: The Centaur Cheiron prancing R

196 - 146 BC

AE 20mm 9.24 g
Centaur, Gallienus Any thoughts...?2 commentsMayadigger
Centaur, RIC 163, Z Gallienus, Antoninianus. Sole reignRIC 163, Z Gallienus, Antoninianus. Sole reign. Rome mint. GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right / APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, drawing bow. Officina letter Z below. RIC V-1, 163; RSC 72; Sear5 10177.19mm 1.8gms
CHIMAERAAR Hemidrachm. Sikyon ( Peloponessos ). c. 330-320 BC. 2,86 grs. 8h. Chimaera advancing left, right paw raised. ΣI below / Dove flying left.
BMC 119.

Spawned by Typhoeus and Echidna, the Chimaera had three heads - lion, goat, and snake .Its body was also mixed having the front part of a lion, middle of a goat, and snake for a tail. It breathed fire. It ravaged Lycia, killing cattle and setting fires until it was killed by Bellerophon
2 commentsbenito
Chimaera & DoveSG2774; Hemidrachm of Sikyon; 360 - 330 BC1 commentsJon
Chimaera and Dove Sikyonia, Sikyon, 330/20-280 BC, AR Triobol
Chimaera standing left; ΣI below. / Dove flying left; Δ above tail feathers. BCD Peloponnesos 298 (this coin); BMC 112 var.; SNG Copenhagen 61 var. (ΔI on reverse) - very rare variant.
(15 mm, 2.99 g, 7h)
CNG; ex- BCD Collection; LHS 96 (8 May 2006) Lot 298.

The Chimaera, featured on the obverse of this coin, was a mythical fire-breathing beast; a composite of a lion, a goat and a snake. In myth, it inhabited Lycia in Asia Minor. It’s sighting was considered to be a portent or omen of storms, shipwrecks and natural disasters. The Chimaera’s representation in the arts is wholly Greek. It evolved to become a decorative motif in the region around Corinth. The pairing of a motif that forebodes disaster on the obverse, with a dove, the symbol of Aphrodite, goddess of love on the reverse is curious. Perhaps this was a metaphor for the ancients’ view of the double-sided nature of life?
Cow, Apollonia, Illyria, Greece, c. 200 - 80 B.C.Silver drachm, BMC 14, SNG Cop 382, VF, 2.947g, 18.3mm, 135o, Apollonia mint, c. 200 - 80 B.C.; obverse TIMHN, cow left, head turned, suckling calf right, monogram below; reverse APOL / DAMO-FWN-TOS, double stellate pattern within double linear square with sides curved inwards;1 comments
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CrabObverse: Herakles standing right, holding club
Reverse: Crab, Punic letters below
Mint : Island of Tunisia
Date : 2nd Century BC
Reference : SNG Cop-477-8
Weight : 6.87g
Dealer : HJB
Acquired: 30/04/04
Size :AE 20
Comments : Legend says that while Herakles fought the Hydra the goddess Hera sent down a giant crab which attacked his feet
1 commentsPeattie
CRAB, Caria, KosCirca 250 BC1 commentsJon
Crayfish, Thrace, Apollonia Pontika Thrace, Apollonia Pontika, late 5th-4th centuries BC. AR Drachm (12mm, 2.86g, 1h). Facing gorgoneion. R/ Anchor; A to l., crayfish to r. SNG BM Black Sea 160-1; SNG Copenhagen 4571 comments
Criocamp, GallienusObverse:- GALLIENVSAVG, Head right with radiate crown
Reverse:- MERCVRIOCONSAVG, Criocamp right
Exergue:- H
Deer (Stag)RIC V-1 Rome 179 (Gallienus)1 commentsJon
Deer, Philip I antoninianusPhilip I AD 244-249 Antoninianus
Obv: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: SAECVLARES AVGG - Stag walking right. Exe: V
Rome mint: AD 248 (9th Issue, 5th Officina) = RIC IViii, 19, page 70 - Cohen 182 /3.91 g.
Deer, Philip I SestertiusAE Sestertius. 248 AD.
Obv: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right
Rev: SAECVLARES AVGG, SC in ex, deer advancing right.

RIC 160b ; Cohen 183.
Deer, Salonina, wife of Gallienus: Junos stagSalonina, wife of Gallienus (253–268)
Rome mint, workshop A.
Obeverse: [COR]SALONINAAVG, Salonina head right.
Reverse: IVNONICONSAVG, stag standing left. [A] below.

W=2.83g; D=21x23mm.
Doe, a deer--a female deer!Salonina -- Died AD 268. Wife of Gallienus. Augusta, AD 254-268.

Billon antoninianus. Rome mint.
Obv: COR SALONINA AVG, diademed and draped bust right on crescent.
Rev: IVNONI CONS AVG, doe walking left, delta in exergue. RIC 16, Cohen 70; Sear 3041.
DOGAR denarius. 74 BC. 3.52 gr. Bust of Diana huntress right,bow and quiver on shoulder. / Hound running right,hunting spear below. C. POSTUMI/TA (in monogram) below. Toned. Craw 394/1a . RSC Postumia 91 commentsbenito
Dolphin Olbia - circa 500 BC1 commentsJon
Dolphin - Augustus, Carteia Spain, Tyche & NeptuneAugustus 27 BCE - 14 CE
AE Semis, 20 mm diam. 4.6 g. RPC I 122, Villaranoga 71
Obverse - CARTEIA, turreted bust of Tyche right
Reverse - D D, Neptune standing left, holding dolphin and trident
EagleSeverus Alexander provincial - Varbanov 1390 (similar to Moushmov 714)1 commentsJon
Eagle DIVUS ANTONINUS PIUS. Commemorative AR Denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.161 under Marcus Aurelius.
Obverse: DIVVS ANTONINVS. Bare headed and draped bust of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Eagle standing facing right, head left, on garlanded altar.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 2.9gms | Die Axis: 6
RIC III : 431
Eagle on a Geta TetradrachmTetradrachm minted in Laodicea, AD 208-209
KAICAP GETAC, Bare head of Geta right
YTTA-TOC TO B, Eagle facing, head turned on the left, holding wreath in beak, star between legs
13,73 gr
Ref : Prieur #1157
3 commentsPotator II
Eagle on starry globeLucius Verus. 161-169 AD. Sestertius (24.3g, 31mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Marcus Aurelius, 169 AD. Obv.: DIVVS VERVS, bare head facing right. Rev.: CONSECRATIO [around] S C [below in field], Eagle with head turned left perched on globe with stars.
RIC (M. Aurelius) 1509 (scarce); Cohen 56; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 137:35

This coin refers to the funeral and deification of Lucius Verus in 169 AD.
1 commentsCharles S
Eagle perching on the globeAntoninus Pius. 138-161 AD. Sestertius (26.7g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Marcus Aurelius, 161-169 AD. Obv.: DIVVS ANTONINVS, laureated head right. Rev.: CONSECRATION [around] S C [in field], Eagle perched left on globe with head turned right.
RIC (M. Aurelius) 1265; Cohen 162

This coin refers to the funeral and deification of Antoninus Pius in 161 AD.
1 commentsCharles S
EAGLE, Elagabalus AE 25mm of Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior.Elagabalus Æ 25mm of Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior. Magistrate Novius Rufus. AVT M AVPH ANTWNEINOC, laureate head right / VP NOBIOV POVFOU NIKOPOLITWN PROCI-CT-PO-N, eagle standing facing, wings open, head left with wreath in its beak. Pick 1992. Moushmov 1433 Antonivs Protti
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Eagle, Antoninus PiusAE Antoninianus. Obv.:DIVVS M ANTONINVS PIVS ; rad. hd. r. ; Rev.: CONSECRATIO ; eale stg. r. on scepter, looking l.
Posthumous issues
By Trajan Decius
EAGLE, Istros DrachmJon
4th Century BC.
Facing male heads, the right inverted / ISTPIH, sea-eagle left grasping dolphin with talons, AG monogram below dolphin.
BMC 246; SNG Munich 236; SNG Copenhagen 192; Pick AMNG 417.
5.02g, 20mm.

EAGLE, Two for the price of oneMy Istros stater with not one but two animals! As can be seen they shouldn't be kept in the same cage as they have a tendancy to start fighting!Philoromaos
ElephantJulius Caesar denarius; Crawford 443/1; RSC 49; Van Meter 42 commentsJon
ELEPHANTstruck under Tipu Sultan (1782 - 1799 n. Chr.)
uncertain mint in Mysore, India
10.95 g, 23 mm
Obv: Elephant walking left
Rev.: Tusk, symbol of ruler
ElephantAntoninus Pius. 138-161 AD. As (8.6g, 26mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck 148-149 AD. Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG - PIVS P P TR P XII, laureate head right, Rev.: MVNIFICENTIA AVG [around] COS IIII [in ex.] S C [below], Elephant walking right. RIC 862a; Cohen 565.

This coin was struck in conjunction with very impressive games and displays (for which many elephants were imported from Africa) for the 900th anniversary of the founding of Rome celebrated on April 21st, 147 AD.
2 commentsCharles S
ElephantPhilip I. AD 244-249. AR Antoninianus (22mm, 3.47 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 249. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Elephant advancing left, guided by mahout holding goad and wand. RIC IV 58; RSC 17.

Elephant on a Julius Caesar denariusDenarius minted in Italy, c.49 BC
CAESAR, elephant walking rigth, trampling on snake
No legend, Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and apex
4.05 gr
Ref : RCV #1399, Cohen #49
6 commentsPotator II
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Elephant, complete with wrinklesObv:– ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, Laureate bust right
Rev:– P M TR P XV COS III P P, Elephant walking right
Minted in Rome in A.D. 213.
RIC 211a
The XV is in fact modified over XIIII.
1 commentsmaridvnvm
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AR Denarius
16.9mm. 3.6g.
Die Alignment: 270 degrees
Gaul Mint. 49 - 48 B.C.
Obv: CAESAR - Elepahant walking right trampling a serpent.
Rev: [NO LEGEND] - Emblems of the pontificate: callus (cup) or simpulum (ladle), sprinkler, axe and apex (priest's hat).
Ref: Crawford 443/1. Sydenham 1006. RSC 49. Van Meter 4.
Elephant, Menander I Soter AE Square ChalkousAttribution: Mitchiner 134, Type 239; of Pushkalavati, chief workshop; Bactria
Date: 155-130 BC
Obverse: Elephant head with trunk raised and bell suspended from neck
Reverse: Karosthi inscription (Maharajasa Tratasara Menandrasa) around club of Herakles, monogram to l., “A” to r.
Size: 14 mm
Weight: 2.93 grams
ELEPHANT, North African Elephant (Extinct)Antiochus IV Bronze. Seleucia-in-Pieria mint. Veiled bust of Laodice IV r. Border of dots / BASILEWS ANTIOCOU, North African Elephant (Extinct) head left. Houghton 113 ancientone
ELEPHANT, Philippus I, Rome mint, struck 249 AD, Æ SestertiusIMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
AETERNITAS AVGG, SC elephant advancing left, led by cornak, holding staff and goad
RIC 167a; Cohen 18
Elephants, Divus Augustus SestertiusObv.
Statue of the deified Augusts riding left in Quadriga pulled by four elephants, who each have their own mahout

Large SC

Struck by Tiberius 34-35 A.D. in honour of the deified Augustus
2 commentsancientdave
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Fish shaped coinIndia:Fish shaped coin.Ancient BC ,AE coin from india.
FROG, Apulia, Luceria, 3rd Century BC, Æ UnciaFrog
Grain ear, between I and pellet (mark of value).
Thurlow & Vecchi 278var.; HN Italy 674var..
Gazelle - GallienusObverse:- GALLIENVSAVG, Head right cuirassed bust with radiate crown
Reverse:- DIANAECONSAVG, Gazelle left
Exergue:- XII
GoatDenarii of Mn Fonteius Cf; 85 BC
GoatRIC V-1 Rome 207 (Gallienus)
Bearded goat walking right
GOATAR denarius. 55 BC. 3.52 gr. Head of Macedonia right, wearing kausia. CN PLANCIUS before. AED CVR S C behind. / Cretan goat standing right, bow and quiver behind. Craw. 432/1. RSC Plancia 1. Smyth XII/14.benito
Goat - Philip II Antoninianus. A.D.248Obverse: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philip II facing right, seen from behind.
Reverse: SAECVLARES AVGG. Goat walking left; in exergue, III (officina 3).
RIC IV iii : 224

This coin is one of a series of coins struck by Philip I and Philip II in A.D.248 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of Rome. Many of these coins depict the various animals, brought from all over the Empire, which were displayed in the arena during the games celebrating this event.
Goat, Gallienus, AntoninianusGallienus Antoninianus

Attribution: RIC 207k
Date: 267-268 AD
Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG; radiate bust rt.
Reverse: IOVICONS AVG; goat stg. lt.; stigma in exergue
Size: 17 mm
Weight: 2.5 grams
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GOATS, Every petting zoo needs a few goatsThis one is already in my gallery
Bronze AE 21, S 1394, VF, Amphipolis mint, 6.847g, 21.2mm, 0o, obverse diademed head of Artemis Tauropolis right, bow and quiver at shoulder; reverse , two goats on their hind legs, contending, facing;
ex-Wallace Widtman collection .
ex-Forum Ancient Coins
Purchased 09/2007
1 commentsJohnny
GriffinDenarius - Crawford 384.11 commentsJon
Griffin & Sturgeon, Pantikapaion, 4th cent B.C. - SatyrBronze AE21
4th Century B.C.
Obverse bearded head of Satyr to right
Reverse ΠA, forepart of griffin left, sturgeon left beneath

S 1700; SNG Cop 30 - 31, MacDonald 69; Anokhim 111; SNG BM Black Sea 869 - 871

Ex Forum
Griffin - GallienusObverse:- IMPGALLIENVSAVG, Head right with radiate crown
Reverse:- APOLLINICONSAVG, Griffin right
Exergue:- Delta
Griffin - GallienusObverse:- GALLIENVSAVG, Head right with radiate crown
Reverse:- APOLLINICONSAVG, Griffin left
Exergue:- Delta
1 commentsnogoodnicksleft
GRIFFIN, Abdera, Thrace | Apollon, AE14 - 4th Century BC.
Griffin | Apollon, Bronze.

Obv: Griffin pouncing right, head raised in menacing poise, club below; MENAN
Rev: Apollon, right, within linear square: ABΔ-HPI-T-ΩΝ (with retrograde N).

Exergue: MENAN

Mint: Abdera
Struck: ca. 352-323 BC.

Size: 14.67 mm.
Weight: ca. 2.5 grm.
Die axis: 0°

The Griffin (Greek gryphos, Persian shirdal - "lion-eagle") is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head, with upstanding ear-tufts, and wings of an eagle: as the lion was considered 'King of the Beasts' and the eagle 'King of the Air,' the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. The griffin is generally represented with four legs, wings and a beak, with eagle-like talons in place of a lion's forelegs and feathered, with equine-like ears jutting from the crown of its head. Some writers describe the tail as a serpent, in the manner of a chimera.
2 commentsTiathena
Griffin, GallienusReverse makes up for the obverse!Jon
Griffin, Hadrian. As Obv.
Laureate head right

Griffin seated left, raising right foreleg
6 commentsancientdave
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Griffin, Ionia Teos StaterIonia, Teos. Circa 510-490 BC. AR Stater (11.74 gm, 21mm). Obv.: Griffin with curled wings seated right, forepaw raised; club before. Rev.: Quadripartite incuse square. J.M.Balcer, The Early Silver Coinage of Teos, SNR 47, 1968, 22.
GRYPHON, Gallienus: Apollos gryphonGallienus (253–268)
Rome mint, workshop D.
Obeverse: GALLIENVSAVG, Galllienus head right.
Reverse: APOL[I]NICONS[AVG], gryphon left. Greek ’delta’ below.

Comment: Do anyone mention Buckbeak?

W=1.88g[Sic!]; D=19x22mm.
HippocampAthena & Hippocamp; Syracuse 400 BC; Sear 1193(?)Jon
Hippocamp - GallienusObverse:- GALLIENVSAVG, Head right with radiate crown
Reverse:- NEPTVNOCONSAVG, Hippocamp left
Exergue:- N
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