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42 viewsNERO - Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria - Year 12=65/66 AD.
Obv.:NERΩ KΛAΥ KAIΣ ΣEB ΓER, radiate bust right, wearing aegis
Rev.: AΥTOKPA, draped bust of Alexandria right in elephant skin headdress, LIB to right.
Gs. 12,65 mm. 26,9
Milne 238, Emmett 109

Maxentius
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75 viewsstruck 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
areich
Philip_I_elephant_and_rider.jpg
75 viewsPhilip 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.

Coin and photo Ex:CNG
2 commentspaul1888
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40 viewsIndia, Pre-Mauryan Empire. Anonymous. Ca. 500-400 B.C. AR karshapana (20.1 mm, 1.62 g). 4 punches: elephant left with double crescent above, 5 crescents around annulets with dot in center (cf. R-195), three fish swimming around annulet with pellets around (cf. R-232)SpongeBob
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22 viewsHadrian Travel Series AR Den. 3.46 gm. AFRICA reclining l. holding scorpion & cornucopia, basket of fruit at feet, elephant-trunk headdress. RIC 299 paul1888
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2 Philip I10 viewsPhilip I
AR Antoninianus

IMP PHILIPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / AETERNITAS AVGG, Elephant with guide left.

RIC 58, RSC 17, Sear 8921. aFine
Sosius
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2 Philip I13 viewsPhilip I
AR Antoninianus

IMP PHILIPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / AETERNITAS AVGG, Elephant with guide left.

RIC 58, RSC 17, Sear 8921. VF
Sosius
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2 Philip I14 viewsPHILIP I
AR Antoninianus, 244-9 AD, 3.7g

O: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG,
Radiate and draped bust right.


R: AETERNITAS AVGG, Elephant walking left, ridden by mahout who guides it with goad and rod.


RIC 58, Sear 2552, VF

Coin commemorates the secular games held by Philip to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome

Sosius
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24 Septimius Severus21 viewsSEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
AE Sestertius, Struck 196 AD

Bust of Severus right / Elephant walking right

BMCRE 602, Cohen 351
Sosius
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ANCIENT-INDIA-KAKANI-COIN-OF-SUNGA-KINGDOM-CAST-COPPER-COIN-2-31gm Ref..Mitchiner 4381.14 viewsObv - Elephant Left , Torion, Swastik Indradavaja
Rev - Three arched Hill, Hollow Cross, Torion, Tree Railing
Antonivs Protti
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Antiochus III AE109 viewsSNGIs 615v
Seleucid Kingdom,
Antiochus III AE10.
Diademed head right /
BASILEWS ANTIOXOY, elephant standing left.
xokleng
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39 viewsIONIA, Ephesos. Faustos Philosebastos. Agoranomos, 2nd-3rd centuries AD.
PB Tessera (17mm, 5.02 g)
[…Φ]AVCTOV ΦIΛOCЄB/ AΓOPANOM OV
Head of elephant right
Blank
Gülbay & Kireç -

Ex Tom Vossen Collection
Ardatirion
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(0293) CONSTANTIUS I CHLORUS50 views293 - 305 AD (As Caesar)
struck 297 - 298 AD
AE 28.5 mm, 6.96 g
O: CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, laureate head right
R: FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN, Africa standing left holding scepter and elephant tusk, lion over bull at feet on left, H in left field
PKT in exe
Carthage
laney
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(06) NERO27 views54 - 68 AD
Struck 65 - 66 AD
Billon tetracrachm 24 mm 11.78 g
O: NERWKLAYKAISSEBGER Radiatebust of Nero right, wearing aegis
R: AYIGO-KRA Bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant head headdress, L IB (year 12) right
Alexandria, Provincial Egypt
Milne 238, SRCV I 2004, Emmett 109, Koln 172, Dattari 204, BMC 163, RPC 5289
(ex Forum)
laney
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(06) NERO16 views54 - 68 AD
Struck 65 - 66 AD
Billon tetracrachm 24 mm 11.78 g
O: NERWKLAYKAISSEBGER Radiatebust of Nero right, wearing aegis
R: AYIGO-KRA Bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant head headdress, L IB (year 12) right
Alexandria, Provincial Egypt
Milne 238, SRCV I 2004, Emmett 109, Koln 172, Dattari 204, BMC 163, RPC 5289
(ex Forum)
laney
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*SOLD*28 viewsKushans Huvishka AE25

Attribution: Mitch ACW 3300
Date: AD 158-195
Obverse: King riding elephant r.
Reverse: Siva stg. l.
Size: 25.57 mm
Weight:10.3 grams
Noah
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*SOLD*38 viewsAshoka Maurya AR Karshapana

Attribution: G/H Ser. 1Vd (reverse 416), BMC III-a-5/30
Date: 269-232 BC
Obverse: Punch Marks of sun, six-armed symbol, dog, Brahma bull, and elephant randomly punched on the flan
Reverse: Punch Marks of drum, taurine, fish, and unknown randomly punched on the flan
Size: 20 mm
ex-ECIN
Noah
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001 Caesar (100-44 B.C.), AR-denarius, Crawf 443-1, Plated (Fouree), Military mint travelling with Caesar (Gaul), #266 views001 Caesar (100-44 B.C.), AR-denarius, Crawf 443-1, Plated (Fouree), Military mint travelling with Caesar (Gaul), #2
avers:-CAESAR in exergue, elephant right, trampling on serpent.
revers:- Simpulum, sprinkler, axe (surmounted by a wolf's head) and priest's hat.
exerg:-/-//CAESAR, diameter: 17-20mm, weight: 2,66g, axes: 5h,
mint: Military mint travelling with Caesar (Gaul), date: 49-48 B.C., ref: Crawford-443/1, Sydneham-1006, RSC-49, BMCRR (Gaul) 27
Q-002
"This is the first coin struck in the name of Julius Caesar. The symbolism on the obverse apparently alludes to the conquest of good over evil, Caesar's victory over the Gauls, while the reverse refers to Caesar's possession of the office of Pontifex Maximus."
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001 Caesar (100-44 B.C.), Crawf 443-1, Military mint travelling with Caesar (Gaul), AR-denarius, #1186 views001 Caesar (100-44 B.C.), Crawf 443-1, Military mint travelling with Caesar (Gaul), AR-denarius, #1
avers:-CAESAR in exergue, elephant right, trampling on serpent.
revers:- Simpulum, sprinkler, axe (surmounted by a wolf's head) and priest's hat.
exerg:-/-//CAESAR, diameter: 19mm, weight: 3,65g, axes: 10h,
mint: Military mint travelling with Caesar (Gaul), date: 49-48 B.C., ref: Crawford-443/1, Sydneham-1006, RSC-49, BMCRR (Gaul) 27
Q-001
"This is the first coin struck in the name of Julius Caesar. The symbolism on the obverse apparently alludes to the conquest of good over evil, Caesar's victory over the Gauls, while the reverse refers to Caesar's possession of the office of Pontifex Maximus."
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001 Caesar (100-44 B.C.), Crawf 443-1, Military mint travelling with Caesar (Gaul), AR-denarius, Plated (Fouree), #2121 views001 Caesar (100-44 B.C.), Crawf 443-1, Military mint travelling with Caesar (Gaul), AR-denarius, Plated (Fouree), #2
avers:-CAESAR in exergue, elephant right, trampling on serpent.
revers:- Simpulum, sprinkler, axe (surmounted by a wolf's head) and priest's hat.
exerg:-/-//CAESAR, diameter: 17-20mm, weight: 2,66g, axes: 5h,
mint: Military mint travelling with Caesar (Gaul), date: 49-48 B.C., ref: Crawford-443/1, Sydneham-1006, RSC-49, BMCRR (Gaul) 27
Q-002
"This is the first coin struck in the name of Julius Caesar. The symbolism on the obverse apparently alludes to the conquest of good over evil, Caesar's victory over the Gauls, while the reverse refers to Caesar's possession of the office of Pontifex Maximus."
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001 Julius Caesar. AR denarius 4.5gm51 views0bv: CAESAR elephant trampling serpent
rev: pontifical emplaments,simpulum,asperginum,axe and apex
2 commentshill132
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001. Julius Caesar124 viewsJulius Caesar. 49-48 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.60 g). Military mint traveling with Caesar. Elephant walking right, trampling on serpent / Simpulum, sprinkler, axe (surmounted by a wolf’s head), and priest’s hat. Crawford 443/1; CRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49. VF, toned
Ex-Cng
4 commentsecoli
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0059 - Denarius Hadrian 136 AC10 viewsObv/HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP, Hadrian laureate head r.
Rev/AFRICA, Africa, with elephant-skin headdress, reclining l., leaning on rock, holding scorpion and cornucopiae; in front of her, basket of fruit.

Ag, 18.2mm, 3.22g
Mint: Rome.
RIC II/299 [S] - BMCRE 822 - RSC 139
ex-Lockdales, auction 65, lot 706 (ex-colln. 1920s)
dafnis
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01 01 Julius Caesar 106 viewsJulius Caesar. 49-44 B.C. AR Denarius. Military mint traveling with Caesar in Gaul. c. 49-48 B.C. (3.72g, 19.0m, 4h). Obv: CAESAR in ex., elephant r. trampling serpent. Rev: simpulum, sprinkler, axe surmounted by wolf’s head, and apex. Cr 443/1; Syd. 1006.

This is the first issue in Caesar’s name. The obverse could symbolize the victory of good over evil in general, or the victory of Caesar’s forces over the Pompeians specifically. The reverse clearly refers to Caesar’s status as Pontifex Maximus.
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0111 - Denarius Caecilia 81 BC84 viewsObv/ Diademed head of Pietas r., stork before.
Rev/ Elephant walking l., Q C M P I in ex.

Ag, 17.9 mm, 3.35 g
Moneyer: Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius.
Mint: North Italy.
RRC 374/1 [dies o/r: 88/98] - Syd. 750 - RSC Caecilia 43
ex-Gerhard Hirsch, auction may 2011, lot 411
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0181 - Denarius Septimius Severus 196-7 AC31 viewsObv/ L SEPT SEV PERT (AVG IMP V)III, laureate head of Septimius r.
Rev/ MVNIFICENTIA AVG, cuirassed elephant r.

Ag, 17.1 mm, 3.03 g
Mint: Rome.
RIC IVa/82 [S] - BMCRE V/168
ex-Roma Numismatics, auction e6, lot 364
dafnis
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02 - 01 - Julio Cesar (49 - 44 A.C.)144 viewsAR Denario 18,35 mm de 3,42 gr.

Anv: Emblemas sacerdotales, Simpulum (Copa pequeña con mango), aspergillum/aspersorio (Instrumento para espolvorear o rociar), securix (Hacha sacrificial), apex (gorro/bonete usado por los sacerdotes de Júpiter).
Rev: Elefante pisando un carnix (Instrumento musical galo), CAESAR en exergo.

Acuñada durante los años 49 - 48 A.C.
Ceca: Movil legionaria durante sus campañas probablemente en la Galia, Italia y/o Hispania.

Referencias: Craw. 443/1 - Syd. #1006 - BMCRR #27 - RSC Caesar #49 - Sear RCTV Vol.I #1399

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02 - 01 - Julio Cesar (49 - 44 A.C.)36 viewsAR Denario 18,35 mm de 3,42 gr.

Anv: Emblemas sacerdotales, Simpulum (Copa pequeña con mango), aspergillum/aspersorio (Instrumento para espolvorear o rociar), securix (Hacha sacrificial), apex (gorro/bonete usado por los sacerdotes de Júpiter).
Rev: Elefante pisando un carnix (Instrumento musical galo), CAESAR en exergo.

Acuñada durante los años 49 - 48 A.C.
Ceca: Movil legionaria durante sus campañas probablemente en la Galia, Italia y/o Hispania.

Referencias: Craw. 443/1 - Syd. #1006 - BMCRR #27 - RSC Caesar #49 - Sear RCTV Vol.I #1399
mdelvalle
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02-20 - Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS PIUS SCIPIO (47-46 A.C.)26 views Quinto Cecilio Metelo Pio Corneliano Escipión Nasica
AR Denarius 18.2 mm 3.94 gr

Anv: "Q.METEL" sobre la Cabeza laureada de Jupiter viendo a derecha, barba y cabello rizado, "PIVS" debajo.
Rev: "SCIPIO" sobre un elefante avanzando hacia la derecha, "IMP" en exergo.

Escipión fue un comandante pompeyano de las fuerzas anti-Cesáreas. Fruto de esta colaboración fue el matrimonio de Pompeyo con su hija Cornelia (52 a. C.), que se convirtió en su quinta mujer.
Su sede se ubicaba en la capital provincial de Utica, cerca de Cartago, y esta es probablemente la ceca de la acuñación. Derrotado por las fuerzas de César, Escipión se suicidó en el año 46 A.C..

Acuñada durante los años 47 - 46 A.C.
Ceca: Utica - Norte de Africa

Referencias: Sear RCTV Vol.1 #1379 Pag.262 - Craw RRC #459/1 - Syd CRR #1046 - BMCRR (Africa) #1 - Vagi #77 - RSC Vol.1 Caecilia 47 Pag.21 - Babelon I #47 Pag.278
mdelvalle
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0209 - Denarius Titus 80 AC40 viewsObv/ IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate bust of T. r.
Rev/ TR P XI IMP XV COS VIII PP, elephant with cuirass l.

Ag, 18.2 mm, 2.90 g
Mint: Roma
RIC II.I/115 [C2] – BMCRE II/43
ex-Solidus Numismatik, auction e7, lot 227
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0210 - Denarius Septimius Severus 207 AC26 viewsObv/ SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head of S.Severus r.
Rev/ PM TR P XV COS III PP, Africa standing r. with elephant skin, holding tunica with l.h.; lion advancing r. at her feet.

Ag, 19.1 mm, 2.82 g
Mint: Roma
RIC IV.I/207 – BMCRE V/531
ex-Solidus Numismatik, auction e7, lot 264
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022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0115, RIC II(1962) 0022a, AR-Denarius, Roma, TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, Elephant, #1301 views022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0115, RIC II(1962) 0022a, AR-Denarius, Roma, TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, Elephant, #1
avers:- IMP-TITVS-CAES-VESPASIAN-AVG-P-M, Laureate head right.
revers:- TR-P-IX-IMP-XV-COS-VIII-P-P, Elephant walking left.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 20mm, weight: 3,20g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 80 A.D., ref: RIC 0115, RIC II(1962) 0022a p-119, RSC 303, BMC 43,
Q-001
"This denarius is part of a series that was struck for the lectisternium (religious ceremony) celebrating the opening of the Colosseum in 80 AD."
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022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0115, RIC II(1962) 0022a, AR-Denarius, Roma, TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, Elephant, #1144 views022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0115, RIC II(1962) 0022a, AR-Denarius, Roma, TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, Elephant, #1
avers:- IMP-TITVS-CAES-VESPASIAN-AVG-P-M, Laureate head right.
revers:- TR-P-IX-IMP-XV-COS-VIII-P-P, Elephant walking left.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 19mm, weight: 3,25g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 80 A.D., ref: RIC 0115, RIC II(1962) 0022a p-119, RSC 303, BMC 43,
Q-002
"This denarius is part of a series that was struck for the lectisternium (religious ceremony) celebrating the opening of the Colosseum in 80 AD."
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032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0299, Rome, AR-Denarius, AFRICA, Africa reclining left,65 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0299, Rome, AR-Denarius, AFRICA, Africa reclining left,
avers:-HADRIANVS-AVG-COS-III-P-P, Laureate head right.
revers:-AFRICA, Africa reclining left wearing elephant headdress, holding scorpion and cornucopiae, basket of grain at feet.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: mm, weight: g, axes: h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 299, p-374, RSC 138, BMCRE 816,
Q-001
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032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0299var, Rome, AR-Denarius, AFRICA, Africa reclining left,.64 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0299var., Rome, AR-Denarius, AFRICA, Africa reclining left,
avers:-HADRIANVS-AVG-COS-III-P-P, Laureate bust right, with draped and aegis far shoulder.
revers:-AFRICA, Africa reclining left wearing elephant headdress, holding scorpion and cornucopiae, basket of grain at feet.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: mm, weight: g, axes: h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 299var., p-374, RSC 141, BMCRE 816,
Q-001
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032p Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), AE-Drachm, G-1034, D-1610, Egypt, Alexandria, L IE, Hadrian and Alexandria,61 views032p Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), AE-Drachm, G-1034, D-1610, Egypt, Alexandria, L IE, Hadrian and Alexandria,
avers:- AΥT KAI TPAIA AΔPIA CEB, Laureate draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- L IE, Hadrian standing togate left with sceptre, greeted by Alexandria in elephant-skin headdress.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: mm, weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 130-131 A.D., Year (IE)15., ref: Geissen-1034, Dattari-1610, Kapmann-Ganschow-32.509-p-138, BMC 869,
Q-001
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035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0862a, Rome, AE-As, MVNIFICENTIA AVG, Elephant walking right, -/-//COS IIII/ S C,190 views035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0862a, Rome, AE-As, MVNIFICENTIA AVG, Elephant walking right, -/-//COS IIII/ S C,
avers: ANTONINVS-AVG-PIVS-P-P-TR-P-XII, Bust laureate right, sligt drapery or aegis on far shoulder.
revers: MVNIFICENTIA-AVG, Elephant walking right.
exe: -/-//COS IIII/ S C, diameter: 24,5-25,5mm, weight: 9,85g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 149-150 A.D., ref: RIC-III-862a-p-, C-565,
Q-001
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049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 100, Rome, AR-Denarius, MVNIFICENTIA-AVG, Elephant, Scarce,130 views049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 100, Rome, AR-Denarius, MVNIFICENTIA-AVG, Elephant, Scarce,
avers:- L-SEPT-SEV-PERT-AVG-IMP-VIIII, Laurate bust right.
revers:- MVNIFICENTIA-AVG, Elephant advancing right.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 16,5 mm, weight: 3,01 g, axis: 1 h,
mint: Rome, date: 197 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-100, p-103, C-,
Q-001
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064 - Septimius Severus denarius - RIC 25439 viewsObv:– SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:– AFRICA, Africa, wearing elephant-skin head-dress, reclining left with scorpion & cornucopiae; basket of corn-ears before
References:– VM 8/2, RIC 254, RCV02 6261, RSC 31
maridvnvm
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066 - Caracalla denarius - RIC 211a115 viewsObv:– ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, Laureate bust right
Rev:– P M TR P XV COS III P P (XV over XIIII), Elephant walking right
References:– VM 60/4, RIC 211a (Scarce), RSC 230
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066 - Caracalla denarius - RIC 211a (Updated image)33 viewsObv:– ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, Laureate bust right
Rev:– P M TR P XV COS III P P (XV over XIIII), Elephant walking right
References:– VM 60/4, RIC 211a (Scarce), RSC 230

Updated image
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074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0058, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, AETERNITAS AVG G, Elephant walking left, #1103 views074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0058, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, AETERNITAS AVG G, Elephant walking left, #1
avers:- IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- AETERNITAS AVG G, Elephant walking left bearing driver who holds goad and wand.
exergo: -/-//--, diameter: 21-22mm, weight: 4,11g, axis:5h,
mint: Rome, date: 248-249 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-III-058, p-, RSC 17, Sear 2552,
Q-001
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076b Philippus II. (244-7 A.D., Caes, 247-9 A.D. Aug.), RIC IV-III 246A var., Antioch, AR-Antoninianus, AETERNITAS AVG G, Elephant walking left, Rare!, #165 views076b Philippus II. (244-7 A.D., Caes, 247-9 A.D. Aug.), RIC IV-III 246A var., Antioch, AR-Antoninianus, AETERNITAS AVG G, Elephant walking left, Rare!, #1
avers:- IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- AETERNITAS AVG G, Elephant walking left, with rider who holds goad and wand.
exergo: -/-//--, diameter: mm, weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Antioch, date: 247-48 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-III-246A, Rare!
Q-001
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076b Philippus II. (244-7 A.D., Caes, 247-9 A.D. Aug.), RIC IV-III 246A var., Antioch, AR-Antoninianus, AETERNITAS AVG G, Elephant walking left, Rare!, #2125 views076b Philippus II. (244-7 A.D., Caes, 247-9 A.D. Aug.), RIC IV-III 246A var., Antioch, AR-Antoninianus, AETERNITAS AVG G, Elephant walking left, Rare!, #2
avers:- IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- AETERNITAS AVG G, Elephant walking left, with rider who holds goad and wand.
exergo: -/-//--, diameter: 22,5mm, weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Antioch, date: 247-48 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-III-246A var., Not mentioned AVG G!, Rare!,
Q-002
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08-02 - Anti­oco IV, Epiphanes (175 - 164 A.C.)69 viewsAntíoco IV Epífanes (Αντίοχος Επιφανής en griego, 215 adC-163 adC) fue rey de Siria de la dinastía Seléucida desde c. 175 adC-164 adC.
Era hijo de Antíoco III Megas y hermano de Seleuco IV Filopator. Originalmente fue llamado Mitríades, pero adoptó el nombre de Antíoco tras su ascensión al trono (o quizás tras la muerte de su hermano mayor, también Antíoco).
Subió al trono tras la muerte de su hermano Seleuco IV Filopátor que gobernó durante poco tiempo antes que él, hasta que Heliodoro, tesorero suyo, lo mató por ambición. Había vivido en Roma según los términos de la paz de Apamea (188 adC), pero acababa de ser intercambiado por el hijo y legítimo heredero de Seleuco IV, el futuro (Demetrio I Sóter). Antíoco se aprovechó de la situación, y junto con su otro hermano Antíoco, se proclamó rey con el apoyo de Eumenes II de Pérgamo y el hermano de éste, Atalo I. Su hermano Antíoco sería asesinado pocos años después.
Por su enfrentamiento con Ptolomeo VI, que reclamaba Coele-Syria, atacó e invadió Egipto, conquistando casi todo el país, con la salvedad de la capital, Alejandría. Llegó a capturar al rey, pero para no alarmar a Roma, decicidió reponerlo en el trono, aunque como su marioneta. Sin embargo, los alejandrinos habían elegido al hermano de éste, Ptolomeo VII Euergetes como rey, y tras su marcha decidieron reinar conjuntamente. Esto le obligó a reinvadir el país, y así el 168 adC, repitiendo la invasión, con su flota conquistaba Chipre. Cerca de Alejandría se encontró con el cónsul romano Cayo Popilio Laenas, instó a abandonar Egipto y Chipre. Cuando Antíoco replicó que debía consultarlo con su consejo, Popilio trazó un círculo en la arena rodeándole y le dijo: "píensalo aquí". Viendo que abandonar el círculo sin haber ordenado la retirada era un desafío a Roma decidió ceder con el fin de evitar una guerra.
A su regreso, organizó una expedición contra Jerusalén, qué saqueo cruelmente. Según él Libro de los Macabeos, promulgó varias ordenanzas de tipo religioso: trató de suprimir el culto a Yahveh, prohibió el judaísmo suspendiendo toda clase de manifestación religiosa y trató de establecer el culto a los dioses griegos. Pero el sacerdote judío Matatías y sus dos hijos llamados Macabeos consiguieron levantar a la población en su contra y lo expulsaron. La fiesta judía de Jánuca conmemora este hecho.
Antíoco, en campaña contra el Imperio Parto, envió varios ejércitos sin éxito. Mientras organizaba una expedición punitiva para retomar Israel personalmente le sobrevino la muerte. Le sucedió su hijo Antíoco V Eupátor.
Su reinado fue la última época de fuerza y esplendor para el Imperio Seleúcida, que tras su muerte se vio envuelto en devastadoras guerras dinásticas. (Wikipedia)

AE (Canto aserrado) 15 mm 3.5 gr.

Anv: Busto velado de Laodicea IV (Esposa de Seleuco IV y Hermana de Antíoco IV) viendo a der. Grafila de puntos.
Rev: "BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY" - Cabeza de elefante a izquierda, proa de galera a izquierda (El elefante simboliza las aspiraciones orientales de los reyes de Seleucia además de ser una de las grandes armas de su arsenal y la proa su importancia como ciudad puerto).

Ceca: Seleucia de Pieria (Costa N. de Siria - Puerto de Antioquía) o Akke Ptolomais

Referencias : B.M.C. Vol.4 (Seleucid Kings of Syria) #3 Pag.43 - SC#1477.2 - Houghton #113 - HGS #684-6 Pag.9 - SNG Spaer #1017-40 - SNG Cop #184 - Hoover #685
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0841 Hadrian AS Roma 134-38 AD Africa21 viewsReference.
RIC 841f; BMCRE 1712; Cohen 143; Strack 709

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, right.

Rev.AFRICA S C in ex.
Africa, draped, wearing elephant-skin headdress, reclining left, resting left arm on rock, holding scorpion in right hand and cornucopiae in left; basket of corn-ears front.

10.78 gr
27 mm
12h
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0841 Hadrian AS Roma 134-38 AD Africa OSTROGOTHS. Uncertain king. Follis circa VI cent.20 viewsReference. very rare
RIC 841; C 147. BMC 1714. MEC I, 66 for countermark.

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate and draped bust right; in front XLII.

Rev. AFRICA
Africa reclining left, wearing elephant-trunk, holding scorpion and cornucopia; in front, basket of corn.

12.22 gr
26 mm
6h

From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection.
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09. Alexandria: Tetradrachm in the name of Alexander the Great.123 viewsTetradrachm, ca 310 - 305 BC, Alexandria (Egypt) mint.
Obverse: Head of Alexander with Horn of Ammon, wearing elephant skin headdress.
Reverse: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ / Athena carrying shield and hurling spear. Also small eagle sitting on thunderbolt at right. Two monograms: one at left, one at right.
15.10 gm., 26 mm.
S. #7749; BMC 6.6, 46.

You may have noticed that I refer to the obverse portraits on the Alexander the Great coins as "Head of Alexander as Herakles." Much has been written about these portraits as to whether or not they really portray Alexander's likeness. There can be no doubt, however, that the portrait on this coin was intended to be that of Alexander. Ptolemy issued this coin in the name of Alexander while he was Satrap of Egypt. The elephant skin headdress was probably inspired by the lion's skin headdress on Alexander's own coins. It likely refers to Alexander's conquests in India where he defeated an Indian army with 200 elephants. Beneath the elephant skin headdress, right above his ear, Alexander wears the Horn of Zeus Ammon. The priests of Zeus Ammon recognized Alexander as divine when he visited Egypt in 331 BC.
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0900 Hadrian AS Roma 134-38 AD Mauretania28 viewsReference.
RIC 900f; C. 69

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, right

Rev. ADVENTVI AVG MAVRETANIAE in Ex S C
Hadrian, togate, on left, standing right, holding roll in left hand and raising right to Mauretania, wearing elephant-skin headdress, standing left, facing him, on right, sacrificing over altar in center with right hand and holding vexillum in left; bull? next to altar.

14.26 gr
27 mm
5h
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0aa2 Defeat of Hannibal in the Second Punic War, 202 BC15 viewsQ. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio
Imperator 47-46 BC

Denarius

Head of Jupiter, right, Q METEL PIVS
Elephant, right, SCIPIO IMP

Seaby, Caecilia 47

At least one theory for the depiction of the elephant on the reverse of this coin is that it refers to Scipio Africanus' defeat of Hannibal in the Battle of Zama in 202 BC, which ended the Second Punic War. It could also simply refer to the location of the mint in Africa. Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio became Pompey's father-in-law in 53 BC. in 49, he got the Senate to issue the ultimatum that Caesar disband his army before crossing the Rubicon River or be branded a public enemy. He commanded Pompey's center at Pharsalus. After Pompey's death, he fought on from North Africa. At Thapsus, Caesar routed Scipio again (46 BC). He escaped again only to fall on his sword and drown a few months later in a naval battle near Hippo.
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1) Julius Caesar Elephant20 viewsJULIUS CAESAR.
AR Denarius.
49-48 BC.
Military Mint traveling with Caesar in Gaul

CAESAR in exergue, elephant right, trampling on serpent / Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.

Cr443/1; Syd 1006; BMCRR (Gaul) 27, RSC 49, Sear5 #1399

Good Fine, multiple bankers' marks
RM0031
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1. Seleukos I Nikator 12 viewsSELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Seleukos I Nikator. 312-281 BC. Æ (19mm, 8.99 g, 1h). Apamea on the Orontes mint. Struck circa 300-281 BC. Elephant walking right / Horse’s head left; anchor below. SC 35; HGC 9, 79.ecoli
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1.4 Egypt - Ptolemy II58 viewsPtolemy II - 248 BC
Egyptian bronze. 15 mm
obv. deified Alexander in Elephant headress
rev. eagle with spread wings, shield in front, H - lambda - year 38 PTOLEMAIOY BASILEOS
Zam
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1.5 Egypt - Ptolemy II64 viewsPtolemy II - 248 BC
Egyptian Bronze, 15 mm
obv. deified Alexander in elephant headress
rev. eagle with spread wings, shild in front, H Lambda - year 38, PTOLEMAIOY BASILEOS
Zam
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106. Commodus32 viewsCommodus

According to Gibbon, the emperor Commodus spent the early years of his reign "in a seraglio of three hundred beautiful women and as many boys, of every rank and of every province." Later, adding bloodshed to his round of pleasures, he launched a career in murder, beginning with the dispatch of the usual senators, ministers and family members and continuing with the slaughter of beasts. Styling himself the Roman Hercules, he went as a performer into the amphitheater, where he cut down before the public a number of ostriches, a panther, a hundred lions, an elephant, a rhinoceros and a giraffe. He then entered the lists as a gladiator. Commodus fought 735 times and paid himself such a high fee for each appearance that a new tax had to be levied. He was strangled by a wrestler while drunk.

Denarius. 192 AD. L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL, laureate head right / P M TR P XVII IMP VIII COS VII P P, Fides standing left holding standard & cornucopiae, star right. RSC 583a. RIC 233
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121 Constantius I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Carthage, RIC VI 024a, AE-1 Follis, FELIX ADVENT AVG G N N, Africa standing right, #1152 views121 Constantius I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Carthage, RIC VI 024a, AE-1 Follis, FELIX ADVENT AVG G N N, Africa standing right, #1
avers:- CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, Laureate head right.
revers:- FELIX AD VENT AVG G N N, Africa standing right, head left, wearing elephant head headress, standard in right and tusk in left, lion and bull at feet left, H left, PKT in ex.
exerg: H|-//PKT, diameter: 25,0-28,5mm, weight: 10,38g, axes: 0h,
mint: Carthage, date: 298 A.D., ref: RIC VI 024a,
Q-001
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1373 - Julius Caesar, Denarius349 viewsDenarius minted in Italy, c.49 BC
CAESAR, elephant walking rigth, trampling on snake
No legend, Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and apex
4.05 gr
Ref : HCRI # 9, RCV #1399, Cohen #49
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145-142 BC 32 viewsAntiochos VI Dionysos
Bronze AE21

Obverse:Radiate head of Antiochus as Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy
Reverse:Elephant walking left;ΣΤΑ and cornucopiae in right field;ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ

20.64 mm 7.29gm

SEAR 7081
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1497 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Africa24 viewsReference.
RIC II, 299; Strack 297; RIC III, 1497

Bust A1+

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P.
Bare head

Rev. AFRICA
Africa reclining left, wearing elephant-skin headdress and holding scorpion and cornucopia, basket of fruits at her feet

3.20 gr
18 mm
12h
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16. Philip I.30 viewsAntoninianus, 247 AD, Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG / Radiate bust of Philip I.
Reverse: AETERNITAS AVGG / Elephant and mahout.
4.08 gm., 23 mm.
RIC # 58; Sear # 8921.

Issued about the time of the Millennium celebration, the reverse of this coin takes up the theme of eternity and applies it to the ruling dynasty. The Romans were first awed by, and then fascinated by elephants. They thought elephants lived to be several hundred years old, and thus the elephant became a symbol of eternity. The elephant portrayed on this coin was likely part of the festivities held to celebrate the millennium and some numistmatists consider this coin to be part of the set of coins issued to commemorate the event.
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161-169 AD - LUCIUS VERUS AE sestertius - struck 169 AD101 viewsobv: DIVVS VERVS (bare head of Divus Verus right)
rev: CONSECRATIO (elephant quadriga advancing left, atop car shrine containing statue of Divus Verus seated left, raising hand), S-C in ex.
ref: RIC III 1507 (M.Aurelius), C.53 (30frcs), BMCRE (Marcus) 1369
23.51gms, 30mm, bronze
Very Rare
History: In the end of 168 AD as Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus were returning home from the fontier of south Pannonia, Lucius suddenly became ill with symptoms attributed to food poisoning, and was dead at the age of 38 near Altinum (Altino). The older Emperor accompanied the body to Rome, where he offered games to honour his memory. After the funeral, the senate declared Verus divine to be worshipped as Divus Verus.
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161-180 AD - MARCUS AURELIUS AE sestertius - struck 180 AD65 viewsobv: DIVVS M ANTONINVS PIVS (Marcus Autrelius bare head right)
rev: CONSECRATIO (Statue of Aurelius in quadriga drawn by elephants), S-C in ex.
ref: RIC III 661 (Commodus), Cohen 95 (30 frcs)
18.31gms, 28mm
Very rare

The last ’Good Emperor’, Marcus Aurelius died at a military encampment at Bononia on the Danube on 17 March 180, possibly of the plague, leaving the Roman Empire to his nineteen-year-old son. Upon hearing of his father's death, Commodus made preparations for Marcus' funeral, made concessions to the northern tribes, and made haste to return back to Rome in order to enjoy peace after nearly two decades of war.
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16th Century Cholas India Gold Fannam Uncirculated 0.30 grams20 views16th Century Cholas India Gold Fannam that grades uncirculated. The coin weighs 0.30 grams with a diameter of 7 mm. The obverse depicts a prancing elephant and the reverse has an inscription.
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Antonivs Protti
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177-192 AD - COMMODUS AR denarius - struck 191 or 192 AD36 viewsobv: L AEL AVREL COM-M AVG P FEL (laureate head right)
rev: PROVIDENTIAE AVG (Hercules standing right, his foot is placed on the prow of a vessel, resting club on treetrunk right and holding thunderbolt; clasping hands with Africa, who wears elephantskin on head, in her left hand holding sistrum, at her feet lion)
ref: RIC III 259a (R), RSC 643 (20frcs)
mint: Rome
2.86gms, 18mm
Rare

This coin legend and type is regarded to the African fleet of corn transports. The elephant's head, the sistrum, and the lion are attributes peculiar to Egypt and to Africa proper, which were the granaries of Rome. But Commodus having sent his ships for freights of corn is on this coin represented paying worship to Hercules, and he himself plants his foot on the prow of one of the vessels, as if showing care for his new colony.
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194_Septimius_Severus_Dupondius_RIC_680_16 viewsSeptimius Severus (193 – 211 AD)
AE Dupondius, Rome, 194 – 195
L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP IIII;
Radiate head right
AFRICA, S-C;
Africa, in elephant-skin head-dress, standing right, holding corn-ears in fold of robe(?), lion at feet
10, 04 gr, 24 mm
RIC IVa, 680; BMC V, 523; C. 30
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1af Julius Caesar Wages Civil War12 viewsJulius Caesar

Denarius
49-48 BC

Elephant right, trampling on serpent [probably], CAESAR in ex
Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat

Evidently a military issue, no agreement exists on the meaning of the coin's imagery (see e.g. http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=88757.msg552803#msg552803)

Seaby 49

Given the chance that the coin was minted to pay Caesar's armies in the civil war, here is a description of the beginning, according to Suetonius: He then overtook his advanced guard at the River Rubicon, which formed the boundary between Gaul and Italy. There he paused for a while and, realising the magnitude of the step he was taking, turned to his staff, to remark: ‘We could turn back, even now; but once over that little bridge, and it will all come down to a fight.’ . . . As he stood there, undecided, he received a sign. A being of marvellous stature and beauty appeared suddenly, seated nearby, and playing on a reed pipe. A knot of shepherds gathered to listen, but when a crowd of his soldiers, including some of the trumpeters, broke ranks to join them, the apparition snatched a trumpet from one of them, ran to the river, and sounding the call to arms blew a thunderous blast, and crossed to the far side. At this, Caesar exclaimed: ‘Let us follow the summons, of the gods’ sign and our enemy’s injustice. The die is cast.’ And crossing with the army, he welcomed the tribunes of the people, who had fled to him from Rome. Then, in tears, he addressed the troops and, ripping open the breast of his tunic, asked for their loyalty.
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1at Galba31 views68-69

Denarius

Laureate head, right, SER GALBA IMP CAESAR AVG P M TR P
Victory standing on globe, VICTORIA PR

RIC 111

Suetonius recorded: Servius Galba, the future emperor was born on the 24th of December, 3BC, in the consulship of Marcus Valerius Messala and Gnaeus Lentulus, at a hillside mansion near Terracina, on the left of the road to Fundi (Fondi). He was formally adopted by his stepmother Livia Ocellina, and took the name Livius and the surname Ocella, also changing his forename to Lucius, until he became Emperor.

It is common knowledge that when calling on Augustus to pay his respects, with other boys of his age, the Emperor pinched his cheek, and said in Greek: ‘You too will have a taste of power, my child.’ And when Tiberius heard the prophecy that Galba would be emperor in old age, he commented: ‘Well let him be, it’s no concern of mine.’

Galba achieved office before the usual age and as praetor (in 20AD), controlling the games at the Floralia, he was the first to introduce a display of tightrope-walking elephants. He next governed Aquitania, for almost a year, and not long afterwards held the consulship for six months (in 33AD). When Caligula was assassinated (in 41AD), Galba chose neutrality though many urged him to seize the opportunity for power. Claudius expressed his gratitude by including him among his intimate friends, and Galba was shown such consideration that the expedition to Britain was delayed to allow him to recover from a sudden but minor indisposition. Later he was proconsul in Africa for two years (44/45AD), being singled out, and so avoiding the usual lottery, to restore order in the province, which was riven by internecine rivalry and an indigenous revolt. He re-established peace, by the exercise of ruthless discipline, and the display of justice even in the most trifling matters. . . .

But when word from the City arrived that Nero was dead and that the people had sworn allegiance to him, he set aside the title of governor and assumed that of Caesar. He then began his march to Rome in a general’s cloak, with a dagger, hanging from his neck, at his chest, and did not resume the toga until his main rivals had been eliminated, namely the commander of the Praetorian Guard in Rome, Nymphidius Sabinus, and the commanders in Germany and Africa, Fonteius Capito and Clodius Macer. . . . His prestige and popularity were greater while winning power than wielding it, though he showed evidence of being a more than capable ruler, loved less, unfortunately, for his good qualities than he was hated for his bad ones.

He was even warned of the danger of imminent assassination, the day before his death, by a soothsayer, as he offered the morning sacrifice. Shortly afterwards he learnt that Otho had secured the Guards camp, and when his staff advised him to carry the day by his presence and prestige, by going there immediately, he opted instead to stay put, but gather a strong bodyguard of legionaries from their billets around the City. He did however don a linen corselet, though saying that frankly it would serve little against so many weapons. False reports, put about by the conspirators to lure him into appearing in public, deceived a few of his close supporters, who rashly told him the rebellion was over, the plotters overthrown, and that the rest of the troops were on their way to congratulate him and carry out his orders. So he went to meet them, with such confidence, that when a soldier boasted of killing Otho, he snapped out: ‘On whose authority?’ before hastening on to the Forum. The cavalrymen who had been ordered to find and kill him, who were spurring through the streets scattering the crowds of civilians, now caught sight of him in the distance and halted an instant before galloping towards him and cutting him down, while his staff ran for their lives.
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2) The Pompeians: Scipio Metellus Pius34 viewsQ. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio, Imperator
AR Denarius.
Military mint in Africa, legate Eppius, 47-46 BC.

Q METELL SCIPIO IMP, laureate head of Africa right in elephant skin headdress, grain ear before, plow below / EPPIVS LEG F C, Hercules standing facing, naked, hand on hip, leaning on club set on a rock.

Cr461/1, Syd 1051, Caecilia 50.
RM0040
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2. Antiochos I Soter 15 viewsSELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Antiochos I Soter. 281-261 BC. Æ . Antioch mint. Anchor on boss of Macedonian shield / Elephant standing right; monogram and [club] above, jawbone in exergue. SC 341; HGC 9, 195.1 commentsecoli
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201. Septimius Severus 34 viewsSEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
AE Sestertius, Struck 196 AD

Bust of Severus right / Elephant walking right

BMCRE 602, Cohen 351
ecoli
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202-210 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS denarius53 viewsobv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG (laureate head right)
rev: AFRICA (Africa, wearing elephant-skin head-dress, reclining left with scorpion & cornucopiae; basket of corn-ears before)
ref: RIC IVi 254, RSC 31 (3frcs)
mint: Rome
2.67gms, 19mm
Scarce

This type was minted to mark the visit of Severus to Africa in 207 AD.
The coin has nice black patina, in reverse scratching, though the patina is good: throw a glance at the pattern of corn-ears or the tail of scorpion.
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22.07. Bracteata, (uncertain), CÁC III. 22.07./-01.--./--., H-203, CP-50, U-119, AR-Bracteata, #0194 views22.07. Bracteata, (uncertain), CÁC III. 22.07./-01.--./--., H-203, CP-50, U-119, AR-Bracteata, #01
avers: Elephant in military regalia advancing left.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14,0mm, weight: 0,34g, axis:0h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-203, CP-50, Unger-119,
Kiss-Toth: CÁC III. 22.07./-01.--./--., Sigla,
Q-001
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322 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Africa23 viewsReference. Rare
RIC II 322; RSC 1223; BMC 871

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right

Rev. RESTITVTORI AFRICAE
Hadrian standing left, holding volumen, about to raise Africa who is kneeling right, holding grain ears and wearing elephant skin headdress; between them, two upright stalks of grain.

3.40 gr.
17 mm
6 h.
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322 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Africa13 viewsReference.
RIC 322e; RSC 1223; BMC 871

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right.

Rev. RESTITVTORI AFRICAE
Hadrian, togate, standing left, holding roll in left hand and extending right to raise up Africa, wearing elephant-skin headdress, holding corn-ears, kneeling right; corn-ears center

3.13
17 mm
6h
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47-46 BC Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio68 viewsQ METEL SCIPIO IMP
head of Africa right, laur. and clad in elephant's skin, corn-ear before, plough below

EPPIVS LEG F C

Naked Hercules standing facing right, hand on hip resting on club set on rock

North Africa
47-46 BC

Sear 1380/1

Born Publius Cornelius Scipio Nasica. He was adopted by his uncle by marriage and father's second cousin Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius. He married Aemilia Lepida, daughter of Mamercus Aemilius Lepidus Livianus (son of the Censor Marcus Livius Drusus and wife Cornelia Scipio and adopted by Mamercus Aemilius Lepidus) and wife Claudia (sister of Appius Claudius Pulcher (Senior)), and was the father in law of Pompey the Great, married to his daughter Cornelia Metella, called Quinta Pompeia for being his fifth wife.

He was Tribune in 59 BC and became Consul with Pompey the Great in 52 BC. During Caesar's civil war, he served the party of Pompey and fought against Caesar and Marcus Antonius. In 49 BC he was sent as Proconsul to Syria and the following year he took part in the Battle of Pharsalus, where he commanded the center of the Republican battleline. After Pharsalus he fled to Africa were he commanded an army with Cato the Younger, losing in the Battle of Thapsus. After the defeat he tried to escape but was cornered by the fleet of Publius Sittius when he wrecked the ship as he tried to escape to the Iberian Peninsula, to continue to fight from there. He committed suicide by stabbing himself so he would not fall at the hands of his enemies.

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5019 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 117-18 AD quadriga of elephants28 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5019; Emmett 961.2; Milne 846

Issue L B = year 2

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΝΟС (sic) ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder.

Rev. LB year 2
Emperor (Hadrian) standing in elephant quadriga, r., laureate-headed, wearing toga, holding eagle-tipped sceptre and branch

17.15 gr
34 mm
h
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5254 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 120-21 AD Alexandria6 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5254.2 (this coin illustrated). Dattari-Savio Pl. 63, 7370a (this coin); Emmett 805.5

Issue L E = year 5

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ - ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder; to r. crescent

Rev.L Ε
Draped bust of Alexandria wearing cap in form of elephant’s head, right

13.07 gr
24 mm
12h
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5279 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 120-21 AD quadriga of elephants8 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5279/22; Dattari-Savio Pl. 74, 1603; Emmett 961.5

Issue L E = year 5

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ - ΑΔΡΙΑ ϹƐΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. L Ε
Emperor (Hadrian) standing in elephant quadriga, r., laureate-headed, wearing toga, holding eagle-tipped sceptre and branch

16.50 gr
34.4 mm
12h
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5565 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 125-26 AD Alexandria28 viewsReference.
Emmett 805.10; Milne 1158; RPC III, 5565

Issue L ΔΕΚΑΤΟΥ = year 10

Obv. AVT KAI TPAI ΑΔΡΙΑ CEB
Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right seen from behind.

Rev. L.ΔE KATOV
Bust of Alexandria right with elephant headdress.

6.75 gr
24 mm
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6. Antiochos III ‘the Great’31 viewsSELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Antiochos III ‘the Great’. 223-187 BC. Æ 25mm Uncertain military mint associated with Ecbatana. Struck 210 BC. Diademed head right / Elephant advancing right; anchor to left, monogram between legs. SC 1275. ecoli
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601, Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, assassinated 15 March 44 B.C.55 viewsJulius Caesar AR Denarius 40 B.C. 20 mm, 3.6 gm; aVF; Moving mint. 49-48 BC. Obverse: Pontifical emblems culullus, aspergillum, axe, and apex. Reverse: elephant right trampling dragon; CAESAR in exergue. Ex Windsor Antiquities.


It is not possible to adequately discuss Gaius Julius Caesar within the constraints of this gallery. He was born on either the 12th or the 13th of July in 100 B.C. [most scholars agree upon this date, but it is debated], and he was assassinated on 15 March 44 B.C.

Caesar is arguably the most important figure in Roman history; only Augustus and, perhaps, Constantine the Great made contributions of equivalent magnitude. Caesar was a truly gifted writer, orator, politician and soldier .

Library and book store shelves are crowded with a variety of biographies on the great man. Christian Meier, professor of Ancient History at the University of Munich, has written a scholarly as well as intriguing biography of Caesar. It is simply titled Caesar. It was first published in Germany in 1982, and a recently published paper back translation by David McLintock is now available from Fontana Press (a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers).

Caesar is fascinating.

J. P. Fitzgerald, Jr.
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707a, Galba, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D.67 viewsGalba AE As, 68-69 AD; cf. SRC 727, 729ff; 27.85mm, 12g; Rome: Obverse: GALBA IMP CAESAR…, Laureate head right; Reverse: S P Q R OB CIV SER in oak wreath; gF+/F Ex. Ancient Imports.

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Galba (68-69 A.D.)

John Donahue
College of William and Mary


Introduction
The evidence for the principate of Galba is unsatisfactory. The sources either concentrate on the personality of the man, thereby failing to offer a balanced account of his policies and a firm chronological base for his actions; or, they focus on the final two weeks of his life at the expense of the earlier part of his reign. As a result, a detailed account of his principate is difficult to write. Even so, Galba is noteworthy because he was neither related to nor adopted by his predecessor Nero. Thus, his accession marked the end of the nearly century-long control of the Principate by the Julio-Claudians. Additionally, Galba's declaration as emperor by his troops abroad set a precedent for the further political upheavals of 68-69. Although these events worked to Galba's favor initially, they soon came back to haunt him, ending his tumultuous rule after only seven months.

Early Life and Rise to Power
Born 24 December 3 BC in Tarracina, a town on the Appian Way, 65 miles south of Rome, Servius Galba was the son of C. Sulpicius Galba and Mummia Achaica. Galba's connection with the noble house of the Servii gave him great prestige and assured his acceptance among the highest levels of Julio-Claudian society. Adopted in his youth by Livia, the mother of the emperor Tiberius, he is said to have owed much of his early advancement to her. Upon her death, Livia made Galba her chief legatee, bequeathing him some 50 million sesterces. Tiberius, Livia's heir, reduced the amount, however, and then never paid it. Galba's marriage proved to be a further source of disappointment, as he outlived both his wife Lepida and their two sons. Nothing else is known of Galba's immediate family, other than that he remained a widower for the rest of his life.

Although the details of Galba's early political career are incomplete, the surviving record is one of an ambitious Roman making his way in the Emperor's service. Suetonius records that as praetor Galba put on a new kind of exhibition for the people - elephants walking on a rope. Later, he served as governor of the province of Aquitania, followed by a six-month term as consul at the beginning of 33. Ironically, as consul he was succeeded by Salvius Otho, whose own son would succeed Galba as emperor. Over the years three more governorships followed - Upper Germany (date unknown), North Africa (45) and Hispania Tarraconensis, the largest of Spain's three provinces (61). He was selected as a proconsul of Africa by the emperor Claudius himself instead of by the usual method of drawing lots. During his two-year tenure in the province he successfully restored internal order and quelled a revolt by the barbarians. As an imperial legate he was a governor in Spain for eight years under Nero, even though he was already in his early sixties when he assumed his duties. The appointment showed that Galba was still considered efficient and loyal. In all of these posts Galba generally displayed an enthusiasm for old-fashioned disciplina, a trait consistent with the traditional characterization of the man as a hard-bitten aristocrat of the old Republican type. Such service did not go unnoticed, as he was honored with triumphal insignia and three priesthoods during his career.

On the basis of his ancestry, family tradition and service to the state Galba was the most distinguished Roman alive (with the exception of the houses of the Julii and Claudii) at the time of Nero's demise in 68. The complex chain of events that would lead him to the Principate later that year began in March with the rebellion of Gaius Iulius Vindex, the governor of Gallia Lugdunensis. Vindex had begun to sound out provincial governors about support for a rebellion perhaps in late 67 or early 68. Galba did not respond but, because of his displeasure with Neronian misgovernment, neither did he inform the emperor of these treasonous solicitations. This, of course, left him dangerously exposed; moreover, he was already aware that Nero, anxious to remove anyone of distinguished birth and noble achievements, had ordered his death. Given these circumstances, Galba likely felt that he had no choice but to rebel.

In April, 68, while still in Spain, Galba "went public," positioning himself as a vir militaris, a military representative of the senate and people of Rome. For the moment, he refused the title of Emperor, but it is clear that the Principate was his goal. To this end, he organized a concilium of advisors in order to make it known that any decisions were not made by him alone but only after consultation with a group. The arrangement was meant to recall the Augustan Age relationship between the emperor and senate in Rome. Even more revealing of his imperial ambitions were legends like LIBERTAS RESTITUTA (Liberty Restored), ROM RENASC (Rome Reborn) and SALUS GENERIS HUMANI (Salvation of Mankind), preserved on his coinage from the period. Such evidence has brought into question the traditional assessment of Galba as nothing more than an ineffectual representative of a bygone antiquus rigor in favor of a more balanced portrait of a traditional constitutionalist eager to publicize the virtues of an Augustan-style Principate.
Events now began to move quickly. In May, 68 Lucius Clodius Macer, legate of the III legio Augusta in Africa, revolted from Nero and cut off the grain supply to Rome. Choosing not to recognize Galba, he called himself propraetor, issued his own coinage, and raised a new legion, the I Macriana liberatrix. Galba later had him executed. At the same time, 68, Lucius Verginius Rufus, legionary commander in Upper Germany, led a combined force of soldiers from Upper and Lower Germany in defeating Vindex at Vesontio in Gallia Lugdunensis. Verginius refused to accept a call to the emperorship by his own troops and by those from the Danube, however, thereby creating at Rome an opportunity for Galba's agents to win over Gaius Nymphidius Sabinus, the corrupt praetorian prefect since 65. Sabinus was able to turn the imperial guard against Nero on the promise that they would be rewarded financially by Galba upon his arrival. That was the end for Nero. Deposed by the senate and abandoned by his supporters, he committed suicide in June. At this point, encouraged to march on Rome by the praetorians and especially by Sabinus, who had his own designs on the throne, Galba hurriedly established broad-based political and financial support and assembled his own legion (subsequently known as the legio VII Gemina). As he departed from Spain, he abandoned the title of governor in favor of "Caesar," apparently in an attempt to lay claim to the entire inheritance of the Julio-Claudian house. Even so, he continued to proceed cautiously, and did not actually adopt the name of Caesar (and with it the emperorship) until sometime after he had left Spain.

The Principate of Galba
Meanwhile, Rome was anything but serene. An unusual force of soldiers, many of whom had been mustered by Nero to crush the attempt of Vindex, remained idle and restless. In addition, there was the matter concerning Nymphidius Sabinus. Intent on being the power behind the throne, Nymphidius had orchestrated a demand from the praetorians that Galba appoint him sole praetorian prefect for life. The senate capitulated to his pretensions and he began to have designs on the throne himself. In an attempt to rattle Galba, Nymphidius then sent messages of alarm to the emperor telling of unrest in both the city and abroad. When Galba ignored these reports, Nymphidius decided to launch a coup by presenting himself to the praetorians. The plan misfired, and the praetorians killed him when he appeared at their camp. Upon learning of the incident, Galba ordered the executions of Nymphidius' followers. To make matters worse, Galba's arrival was preceded by a confrontation with a boisterous band of soldiers who had been formed into a legion by Nero and were now demanding legionary standards and regular quarters. When they persisted, Galba's forces attacked, with the result that many of them were killed.
Thus it was amid carnage and fear that Galba arrived at the capital in October, 68, accompanied by Otho, the governor of Lusitania, who had joined the cause. Once Galba was within Rome, miscalculations and missteps seemed to multiply. First, he relied upon the advice of a corrupt circle of advisors, most notably: Titus Vinius, a general from Spain; Cornelius Laco, praetorian prefect; and his own freedman, Icelus. Second, he zealously attempted to recover some of Nero's more excessive expenditures by seizing the property of many citizens, a measure that seems to have gone too far and to have caused real hardship and resentment. Third, he created further ill-will by disbanding the imperial corps of German bodyguards, effectively abolishing a tradition that originated with Marius and had been endorsed by Augustus. Finally, he seriously alienated the military by refusing cash rewards for both the praetorians and for the soldiers in Upper Germany who had fought against Vindex.

This last act proved to be the beginning of the end for Galba. On 1 January 69 ("The Year of the Four Emperors"), the troops in Upper Germany refused to declare allegiance to him and instead followed the men stationed in Lower Germany in proclaiming their commander, Aulus Vitellius, as the new ruler. In response, Galba adopted Lucius Calpurnius Piso Frugi Licinianus to show that he was still in charge and that his successor would not be chosen for him. Piso, although an aristocrat, was a man completely without administrative or military experience. The choice meant little to the remote armies, the praetorians or the senate, and it especially angered Otho, who had hoped to succeed Galba. Otho quickly organized a conspiracy among the praetorians with the now-familiar promise of a material reward, and on 15 January 69 they declared him emperor and publicly killed Galba; Piso, dragged from hiding in the temple of Vesta, was also butchered.

Assessment
In sum, Galba had displayed talent and ambition during his lengthy career. He enjoyed distinguished ancestry, moved easily among the Julio-Claudian emperors (with the exception of Nero towards the end of his principate), and had been awarded the highest military and religious honors of ancient Rome. His qualifications for the principate cannot be questioned. Even so, history has been unkind to him. Tacitus characterized Galba as "weak and old," a man "equal to the imperial office, if he had never held it." Modern historians of the Roman world have been no less critical. To be sure, Galba's greatest mistake lay in his general handling of the military. His treatment of the army in Upper Germany was heedless, his policy towards the praetorians short sighted. Given the climate in 68-69, Galba was unrealistic in expecting disciplina without paying the promised rewards. He was also guilty of relying on poor advisors, who shielded him from reality and ultimately allowed Otho's conspiracy to succeed. Additionally, the excessive power of his henchmen brought the regime into disfavor and made Galba himself the principal target of the hatred that his aides had incited. Finally, the appointment of Piso, a young man in no way equal to the challenges placed before him, further underscored the emperor's isolation and lack of judgment. In the end, the instability of the post-Julio-Claudian political landscape offered challenges more formidable than a tired, septuagenarian aristocrat could hope to overcome. Ironically, his regime proved no more successful than the Neronian government he was so eager to replace. Another year of bloodshed would be necessary before the Principate could once again stand firm.

Copyright (C) 1999, John Donahue.
Published: De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Rulers and their Families http://www.roman-emperors.org/startup.htm. Used by permission.

Edited by J. P. Fitzgerald, Jr.


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711a, Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D. 114 viewsTITUS AUGUSTUS AR silver denarius. Struck at Rome, 80 AD. IMP TITVS CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head right. Reverse - TRP IX IMP XV COS VIII PP, elephant walking left. Fully legible legends, about Very Fine, nice golden toning. Commemmorates the completion and dedication of the Colosseum and the opening of games. SCARCE. RCV 2512, valued at $544 in EF. 17mm, 3.1g. Ex Incitatus.

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Titus Flavius Vespasianus (A.D. 79-81)

John Donahue
College of William and Mary

Titus Flavius Vespasianus was born on December 30, 39 A.D. He was the oldest of the three children of the founder of the Flavian Dynasty, Vespasian. Beginning in the year 70 Titus was named Cæsar and coregent; he was highly educated and a brilliant poet and orator in both Latin and Greek. He won military fame during the Jewish Revolt of 69-70. In April, 70, he appeared before the walls of Jerusalem, and conquered and destroyed the city after a siege of five months. He wished to preserve the Temple, but in the struggle with the Jews who rushed out of it a soldier threw a brand into the building. The siege and taking of the city were accompanied by barbarous cruelties. The next year Titus celebrated his victory by a triumph; to increase the fame of the Flavian dynasty the inscription on the triumphal arch represented the overthrow of the helpless people as a heroic achievement. Titus succeeded his father as Emperor in 79.

Before becoming emperor, tradition records that Titus was feared as the next Nero, a perception that may have developed from his association with Berenice, his alleged heavy-handedness as praetorian prefect, and tales of sexual debauchery. Once in office, however, both emperor and his reign were portrayed in universally positive terms. The suddenness of this transformation raises immediate suspicions, yet it is difficult to know whether the historical tradition is suspect or if Titus was in fact adept at taking off one mask for another. What is clear, however, is that Titus sought to present the Flavians as the legitimate successors of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Proof came through the issuing of a series of restoration coins of previous emperors, the most popular being Augustus and Claudius. In A.D. 80 Titus also set out to establish an imperial cult in honor of Vespasian. The temple, in which cult (the first that was not connected with the Julio-Claudians) was housed, was completed by Domitian and was known as the Temple of Vespasian and Domitian.
Legitimacy was also sought through various economic measures, which Titus enthusiastically funded. Vast amounts of capital poured into extensive building schemes in Rome, especially the Flavian Amphitheater, popularly known as the Colosseum. In celebration of additions made to the structure, Titus provided a grand 100-day festival, with sea fights staged on an artificial lake, infantry battles, wild beast hunts, and similar activities. He also constructed new imperial baths to the south-east of the Amphitheater and began work on the celebrated Arch of Titus, a memorial to his Jewish victories. Large sums were directed to Italy and the provinces as well, especially for road building. In response to the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79, Titus spent large sums to relieve distress in that area; likewise, the imperial purse contributed heavily to rebuilding Rome after a devastating fire destroyed large sections of the city in A.D. 80. As a result of these actions, Titus earned a reputation for generosity and geniality. For these reasons he gained the honourable title of "amor et deliciæ generis humani" (the darling and admiration of the human race). Even so, his financial acumen must not be under-estimated. He left the treasury with a surplus, as he had found it, and dealt promptly and efficiently with costly natural disasters. The Greek historian of the third-century A.D., Cassius Dio, perhaps offered the most accurate and succinct assessment of Titus' economic policy: "In money matters, Titus was frugal and made no unnecessary expenditure." In other areas, the brevity of Titus' reign limits our ability to detect major emphases or trends in policy. As far as can be discerned from the limited evidence, senior officials and amici were well chosen, and his legislative activity tended to focus on popular social measures, with the army as a particular beneficiary in the areas of land ownership, marriage, and testamentary freedom. In the provinces, Titus continued his father's policies by strengthening roads and forts in the East and along the Danube.

Titus died in September, A.D. 81 after only 26 months in office. Suetonius recorded that Titus died on his way to the Sabine country of his ancestors in the same villa as his father. A competing tradition persistently implicated his brother and successor, Domitian, as having had a hand in the emperor's demise, but the evidence is highly contradictory and any wrongdoing is difficult to prove. Domitian himself delivered the funeral eulogy and had Titus deified. He also built several monuments in honor of Titus and completed the Temple of Vespasian and Titus, changing the name of the structure to include his brother's and setting up his cult statue in the Temple itself.

Titus was the beneficiary of considerable intelligence and talent, endowments that were carefully cultivated at every step of his career, from his early education to his role under his father's principate. Cassius Dio suggested that Titus' reputation was enhanced by his early death. It is true that the ancient sources tend to heroicize Titus, yet based upon the evidence, his reign must be considered a positive one. He capably continued the work of his father in establishing the Flavian Dynasty and he maintained a high degree of economic and administrative competence in Italy and beyond. In so doing, he solidified the role of the emperor as paternalistic autocrat, a model that would serve Trajan and his successors well. Titus was used as a model by later emperors, especially those known as the Five Good Emperors (Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius).

Copyright (C) 1997, John Donahue.
Published: De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Rulers and their Families http://www.roman-emperors.org/startup.htm. Used by permission.

Catholic Encyclopedia, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14746b.htm

Edited by J. P. Fitzgerald, Jr.
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711a, Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D.142 viewsTitus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D. AR denarius, RCV 2512, aVF, struck at Rome, 80 A.D., 17.5mm, 3.4g. Obverse: IMP TITVS CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head right; Reverse: TRP IX IMP XV COS VIII PP, elephant walking left. Fully legible legends; nice golden toning. This coin was struck in order to commemorate the completion and dedication of the Flavian Amphitheatre (the Colosseum) and its opening games. Very scarce. Ex Incitatus; photo courtesy Incitatus.

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Titus Flavius Vespasianus (A.D. 79-81)

John Donahue
College of William and Mary

Titus Flavius Vespasianus was born on December 30, 39 A.D. He was the oldest of the three children of the founder of the Flavian Dynasty, Vespasian. Beginning in the year 70 Titus was named Cæsar and coregent; he was highly educated and a brilliant poet and orator in both Latin and Greek. He won military fame during the Jewish Revolt of 69-70. In April, 70, he appeared before the walls of Jerusalem, and conquered and destroyed the city after a siege of five months. He wished to preserve the Temple, but in the struggle with the Jews who rushed out of it a soldier threw a brand into the building. The siege and taking of the city were accompanied by barbarous cruelties. The next year Titus celebrated his victory by a triumph; to increase the fame of the Flavian dynasty the inscription on the triumphal arch represented the overthrow of the helpless people as a heroic achievement. Titus succeeded his father as Emperor in 79.

Before becoming emperor, tradition records that Titus was feared as the next Nero, a perception that may have developed from his association with Berenice, his alleged heavy-handedness as praetorian prefect, and tales of sexual debauchery. Once in office, however, both emperor and his reign were portrayed in universally positive terms. The suddenness of this transformation raises immediate suspicions, yet it is difficult to know whether the historical tradition is suspect or if Titus was in fact adept at taking off one mask for another. What is clear, however, is that Titus sought to present the Flavians as the legitimate successors of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Proof came through the issuing of a series of restoration coins of previous emperors, the most popular being Augustus and Claudius. In A.D. 80 Titus also set out to establish an imperial cult in honor of Vespasian. The temple, in which cult (the first that was not connected with the Julio-Claudians) was housed, was completed by Domitian and was known as the Temple of Vespasian and Domitian.
Legitimacy was also sought through various economic measures, which Titus enthusiastically funded. Vast amounts of capital poured into extensive building schemes in Rome, especially the Flavian Amphitheater, popularly known as the Colosseum. In celebration of additions made to the structure, Titus provided a grand 100-day festival, with sea fights staged on an artificial lake, infantry battles, wild beast hunts, and similar activities. He also constructed new imperial baths to the south-east of the Amphitheater and began work on the celebrated Arch of Titus, a memorial to his Jewish victories. Large sums were directed to Italy and the provinces as well, especially for road building. In response to the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79, Titus spent large sums to relieve distress in that area; likewise, the imperial purse contributed heavily to rebuilding Rome after a devastating fire destroyed large sections of the city in A.D. 80. As a result of these actions, Titus earned a reputation for generosity and geniality. For these reasons he gained the honourable title of "amor et deliciæ generis humani" (the darling and admiration of the human race). Even so, his financial acumen must not be under-estimated. He left the treasury with a surplus, as he had found it, and dealt promptly and efficiently with costly natural disasters. The Greek historian of the third-century A.D., Cassius Dio, perhaps offered the most accurate and succinct assessment of Titus' economic policy: "In money matters, Titus was frugal and made no unnecessary expenditure." In other areas, the brevity of Titus' reign limits our ability to detect major emphases or trends in policy. As far as can be discerned from the limited evidence, senior officials and amici were well chosen, and his legislative activity tended to focus on popular social measures, with the army as a particular beneficiary in the areas of land ownership, marriage, and testamentary freedom. In the provinces, Titus continued his father's policies by strengthening roads and forts in the East and along the Danube.

Titus died in September, A.D. 81 after only 26 months in office. Suetonius recorded that Titus died on his way to the Sabine country of his ancestors in the same villa as his father. A competing tradition persistently implicated his brother and successor, Domitian, as having had a hand in the emperor's demise, but the evidence is highly contradictory and any wrongdoing is difficult to prove. Domitian himself delivered the funeral eulogy and had Titus deified. He also built several monuments in honor of Titus and completed the Temple of Vespasian and Titus, changing the name of the structure to include his brother's and setting up his cult statue in the Temple itself.

Titus was the beneficiary of considerable intelligence and talent, endowments that were carefully cultivated at every step of his career, from his early education to his role under his father's principate. Cassius Dio suggested that Titus' reputation was enhanced by his early death. It is true that the ancient sources tend to heroicize Titus, yet based upon the evidence, his reign must be considered a positive one. He capably continued the work of his father in establishing the Flavian Dynasty and he maintained a high degree of economic and administrative competence in Italy and beyond. In so doing, he solidified the role of the emperor as paternalistic autocrat, a model that would serve Trajan and his successors well. Titus was used as a model by later emperors, especially those known as the Five Good Emperors (Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius).

Copyright (C) 1997, John Donahue.
Published: De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Rulers and their Families http://www.roman-emperors.org/startup.htm. Used by permission.

Catholic Encyclopedia, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14746b.htm

Edited by J. P. Fitzgerald, Jr.
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8. Antiochos IV Epiphanes9 viewsSeleukid Kingdom. Antiochos IV Epiphanes. 175-164 B.C. AE 14 (14.2 mm, 3.15 g, 1 h). Antioch, 175-172 B.C. Veiled and diademed bust of Laodike IV right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY, elephant's head left, monogram below. SC 1407; SNG Spaer 969. aVF.ecoli
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840 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Africa19 viewsReference.
RIC 840; C.142; Strack 709

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, right.

Rev. AFRICA S C
Africa, draped, wearing elephant-skin headdress, reclining left, resting left arm on rock, holding scorpion in right hand and cornucopiae in left; basket of corn-ears and poppy front.

23.30 gr
32mm
12h

Note.
From the E.E. Clain Stefanelli collection
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88. Edward VIII.24 views10 cents, 1936.
Obverse: EDWARDVS VIII REX ET IND IMP TEN CENTS / Crown.
Reverse: EAST AFRICA 10 1936 / Four elephant tusks.
Mint mark: KN on obverse, King's Norton Mint in Birmingham.
11.15 gm., 31 mm.
(old Seaby #4065.)
Callimachus
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941 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Africa24 viewsReference.
Strack 769; RIC 941f; BMCRE 1789; C.1228

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P,
laureate and draped bust right.

Rev. RESTITVTORI AFRICAE, in Ex.SC,
Hadrian, togate, standing left, on right, holding roll in left hand and extending right hand to raise up Africa, wearing elephant-trunk headdress, kneeling, facing him, on left, holding corn-ears in left hand; corn-ears growing in center

24.65 gr
34 mm
6h
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a cute elephant!502 viewsstruck 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
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AE 1.5 Kharshapani of Pushkalavati ca 160 BC33 viewsObverse: Elephant walking right with ghadya above
Reverse: Lion walking left in Incuse 'square' with ghadya before and swastika above.
11.2 grams, about 19x19mm

Pushkalavati was located near present day Peshawar in Pakistan, on the border area with ancient Bactria (Afghanistan)
daverino
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AETERNITAS AVGG32 viewsPhilippus I. antoninianus
Antiochia mint
very rare
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Africa463 viewsSeptimius Severus Denarius
Obv:– SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:– AFRICA, Africa, wearing elephant-skin head-dress, reclining left with scorpion & cornucopiae; basket of heads of grain (called corn ears in the UK) before
References:– VM 8/2, RIC 254, RCV02 6261, RSC 31

Personification of North Africa
maridvnvm
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Alexander I 150 - 145 B.C.9 viewsAlexander I Balas. 152 - 145 B.C. Ae 14.9~15.5mm. 2.87g. Antioch on the Orontes. Obv: Ivy wreathed head of Dionysus r., dotted border. Rev: [BAΣIΛEΩΣ] AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, elephant l. Primary control (to r.): A over B. SC 1791ddwau
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Alexandria AE dichalkon of Trajan, 113-114 AD22 viewsTrajan
Egypt, Alexandria
AE dichalkon – 113-114 AD
laureate head r.
elephant standing r., LIZ
Emmett 701(17), R5
Ardatirion
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Alexandria Trajan AE33 Drachm / Elephant quadriga47 viewsEmperor standing r. in elephant quadriga. Emmett 462 ancientone
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Alexandria. Vespasian AE24 diobol25 viewsObv: Laureate bust of Vespasian r.
Rev: Draped bust of Alexandria r. wearing elephant skin headdress.
ancientone
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ANCIENT INDIA - KAKANI COIN OF SUNGA KINGDOM - CAST COPPER COIN - 2.46 gm 14 viewsSunga kingdom CA 150-100 AD..copper kakani obverse Elephantleft,torion,swastik,Indradvaja,Reverse 3 Arch hill,hollow cross,torion,tree railing..Ref..Mitchiner 4381.Antonivs Protti
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ANCIENT INDIA - KAKANI COIN OF SUNGA KINGDOM - CAST COPPER COIN - 3.03 gm12 viewsSunga kingdom CA 150-100 AD..copper kakani obverse Elephantleft,torion,swastik,Indradvaja,Reverse 3 Arch hill,hollow cross,torion,tree railing..Ref..Mitchiner 4381.Antonivs Protti
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ANCIENT INDIA - SATAVAHANA Empire - 177AD - Elephant - RARE COIN - 2.64gm15 viewsDeccan Post-Mauryan; Satavahanas (Andhras), 'Sri Satakanisa' Circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D. Karshapana Satavahana (Andhra) empire

Bi karshapana (22 mm, 2.77 g)

Obverse: Elephant with raised trunk standing right, with Brahmi legend (Siri) Sataka(nisa) above
Reverse: 4-orbed 'Ujjain' symbol
Ref: MACW 4941-4952

Nicely struck on a broad flan with lovely Glossy black patina with some earthen in devices. Boldly struck.

CHOICE.
Antonivs Protti
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ANCIENT INDIA - SATAVAHANA Empire - 177AD - Elephant - RARE COIN - 3.21gm18 viewsElephant with raised trunk, standing r.; legend above.
Satavahana symbol.
Antonivs Protti
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ANCIENT INDIA - SUNGA EMPIRE - 200 B.C. - Cast Copper - TREE / ELEPHANT - 1.94gm19 views___600Antonivs Protti
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ANCIENT INDIA KAKANI COIN OF SUNGA KINGDOM - CAST COPPER COIN - - 3.18 gm11 viewsObv - Elephant Left , Torion, Swastik Indradavaja
Rev - Three arched Hill, Hollow Cross, Torion, Tree Railing
Ref..Mitchiner 4381.
Antonivs Protti
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Anonymous quadrantes group 10 Bacchus21 viewsQuadrans
2.20 g, 17.1 mm, 6 h.
Obv. No legend. Bust of Bacchus right.
Rev. Elephant right. SC in exergue.
RIC 33.
Not an easy coin to find.
cckk
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Antioch, Demetrius I15 viewshorse's head / elephant's head
diam 17 mm
162-150 bC
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Antiochos I Soter 6 viewsSELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Antiochos I Soter (281-261 BC). Ae. Smyrna.
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY.
Elephant head left. Controls: Two monograms.
SC 312.
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Antiochos I, Macedonian shield/ Elephant; AE 1814 viewsSeleukid Kingdom, Antiochos I, 280 - 261 B.C. Mesopotamia, Carrhae mint, 18mm, 4.08g. Obverse: Macedonian shield decorated with gorgon's head. Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOΥ in ex, elephant walking right. Attribution: cf. SNG Spaer 257. Ex areich; photo credit areich
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Antiochos III. 223-187 BC. AE 12mm.17 viewsAntiochos III. 223-187 BC.
Obv. Head of Apollo right.
Rev. Elephant left.
( Probably the worst condition coin in my collection, but Heck, I cleaned it myself, and its an Elephant!!)
Lee S
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Antiochos III; AE11; Head of Apollo/ Elephant left12 viewsSeleukid Kingdom, Antiochos III, 223 - 187 B.C., Sardes, Lydia. Bronze AE 11, Houghton and Lorber 979, cf. SNG Spaer 613 ff., Newell WSM 1114, 1.468g, 10.8mm, 0o, obverse Apollo head right; reverse “BASILEWS ANTIOCOU”, Elephant left, anchor flukes up in left field. Newell attributed this type to Antioch. Houghton and Lorber assign it to Sardes based on control links. This coin was purchased in a group that appeared to be part of a hoard that included coins mostly from Ionia and Lydia, supporting the re-attribution to Sardes. Ex FORVM, photo credit FORVMPodiceps
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Antiochos IV Epiphanes26 viewsAE 15, Antiochos IV Epiphanes, 175-164 BC, Antioch on the Orontes. Obv: Veiled bust of Laodike IV. Rev: BASILEWS ANTIOXOY, elephant head. VF, SC 1407, Hoover HGC 9, 684 (R1)Molinari
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Antiochos IV Epiphanes - AE8 viewsAntioch
175 - 172 BC
veiled diademed bust of Laodice IV right
head of elephant left; tripod right
BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ANTIOXOY
?
SC 1407; cf. SNG Spaer 969
3,66g
ex Gitbud-Naumann
Johny SYSEL
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Antiochos IV Epiphanes, Laodice IV/ Elephant head34 viewsAntiochos IV Epiphanes, 175-163 B.C. Ae 4,40 g, 14 mm. Seleucia-in-Pieria mint. Veiled bust of Laodice IV r. Border of dots / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, Elephant head left. Houghton 113.1 commentsPodiceps
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ANTIOCHOS VI AE20. EF/EF+. Antioch mint. Elephant to left.15 viewsObverse: Radiate head right, wreathed with ivy.
Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΥ in four lines above and below elephant, walking left.

Superb exemplar of this interesting type, very few circullated, in EF/EF+ condition, conserving full details in both sides, very bold reliefs and a precious green patina totally natural. The coin looks much better in hand than in photo (really!)

HGC 1043. Antioch mint, circa 144-141 BC. 7,9 g - 21 mm
Mark R1
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Antiochos VI Dionysos 5 viewsSELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Antiochos VI Dionysos. 144-142 BC. Serrate Æ Antioch on the Orontes mint. Radiate and diademed head right / Elephant advancing left, holding torch in trunk; to right, Star. SC 2006; HGC 9, 1043.ecoli
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Antiochos VI Dionysos 3 viewsSELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Antiochos VI Dionysos. 144-142 BC. Serrate Æ Antioch on the Orontes mint. Radiate and diademed head right / Elephant advancing left, holding torch in trunk; SC 2006; HGC 9, 1043. ecoli
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Antiochos VI Dionysos 5 views
SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Antiochos VI Dionysos. 144-142 BC. Serrate Æ Antioch on the Orontes mint. Radiate and diademed head right / Elephant advancing left, holding torch in trunk; SC 2006; HGC 9, 1043.
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Antiochos VI, Dionysos, 145 - 142 BC 21 viewsObv: No legend, radiate head of Antiochos VI, wreathed in ivy, facing right.

Rev: BAΣIAEΩΣ / ANTIOXOY / (ΣEB) / EΠIΦANOYΣ / (ΔIONYΣOY), an elephant advancing left holding a torch in its trunk.

Serrated Æ 23, Antioch mint, c. 145 - 142 BC

7.6 grams, 23 mm, 0°

GCV II 7081, SNG Israel 1777
SPQR Matt
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Antiochus I Soter 281 - 261 B.C.22 viewsAntiochus I Soter, 281 - 261 B.C. Ae 18.2mm. 5.96g. Antioch on the Orontes mint. Obv: Macedonian shield with anchor in central tondo. Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, horned elephant r., dotted border. Controls: M(arc dot)E and club (upper field), jawbone in ex. SC 339.4ddwau
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Antiochus I Soter - AE6 viewsAntioch
281 - 261 BC
Macedonian shield, anchor in central boss
elephant right, club above, jawbone below
BAΣIΛEΩΣ // ANTIOXOY
(ΘEM)
SC 339.3; HGC 9, 148
ex Naumann
Johny SYSEL
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Antiochus III14 viewsAntiochus III, AE 6, Sardeis. Obv: Antiochus III facing right; Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ above elephant advancing left, anchor before.
SNG Israel 615 var.; Hoover HGC 9, 560 (R1).
Molinari
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Antiochus III 223-187 B.C.21 viewsSeleucid Kingdom, Antiochus III 223-187 B.C. Ae 17.6~18.7mm. 4.43g. Obv: Macedonian shield with gorgoneion in central boss. Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOΥ, Elephant advancing right; monogram A under belly. SC 1089.3; HGC 9, 490.1 commentsddwau
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Antiochus III - AE8 viewsSardes
222-187 BC
laureate head of Apollo right
elephant left; anchor up side down to the left
BAΣIΛEΩΣ // ANTIOXOY
Houghton-Lorber I 979, cf. SNG Spaer 615 ff., Newell WSM 1114
Johny SYSEL
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Antiochus III 223-187 B.C.14 viewsSeleukid Kingdom, Antiochus III, 223-187 BC, e 19.9~20.8mm. 10.18g. Antioch Mint. OBV: Laureate head of Apollo r. REV: Elephant r. surmounted by mahout, tripod behind. Countermark, horse head in square punch. Houghton 76.ddwau
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Antiochus III 223-187 B.C.7 viewsSeleucid Kingdom, Antiochus III, 223-187 BC, Ae 12.7~13.5mm. 1.81g. Sardes Mint. OBV: Laureate head of Apollo r. with long spiral curls on neck. REV: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOΥ, elephant l. Primary control (in ex.): M. Ref: SC 981.1; SNG Cop 161ddwau
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Antiochus III 223-187 B.C.11 viewsSeleucid Kingdom, Antiochus III 223-187 B.C. Ae 16.5~17.0mm. 4.73g. Obv: Macedonian shield with gorgoneion in central boss. Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOΥ below, Elephant advancing right; Control mark under belly. Anchor above. SC 1089.3; HGC 9, 490.ddwau
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Antiochus III 223-187 B.C.7 viewsSeleucid Kingdom, Antiochus III 223-187 B.C. (Ae 16.7~17.2mm. 3.93g., 17.4~17.6mm. 4.01g.) Obv: Macedonian shield with gorgoneion in central boss, dotted border. Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOΥ below, Elephant advancing right,anchor above, dotted border; SC 1089; HGC 9, 490.ddwau
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Antiochus III, AE13, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΞΟΥ6 viewsAE13
Antiochus III
223 - 187BC
13.0mm ~2.00gr
O: NO LEGEND; Laureate head of Apollo right, long hair in curls.
R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ (right side); ΑΝΤΙΟΞΟΥ (left side); Elephant advancing left, legends on either side, vertically.
Monogram above?
Antioch ad Orontes Mint
BMC 56; Houghton SC 977; Hoover 517.
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6/26/13 1/22/17
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Antiochus IV Epiphanes 175 - 164 BC22 viewsAntiochus IV Epiphanes "God Manifest" c. 215 BC – 164 BC) ruled the Seleucid Empire from 175 BC until his death in 164 BC. He was a son of King Antiochus III the Great. His original name was Mithradates (alternative form Mithridates); he assumed the name Antiochus after he ascended the throne.
Antiochos IV Epiphanes. Seleukid Kingdom AE 12mm, 2,88gr. Veiled bust of Laodike IV right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY, elephant's head left. No symbols in fields. Hoover 685; SC 1421-1422.
ddwau
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Antiochus IV Epiphanes. AE16. Queen Laodice149 viewsSELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Antiochus IV Epiphanes serrated AE16. 175 - 164 B.C. Seleucia-in-Pieria mint. Veiled bust of Laodice IV r. Border of dots / BASILEWS ANTIOCOU, North African Elephant (Extinct) head left, prow of galley right. Houghton 113

The North African elephant was a possible subspecies of the African bush elephant, or possibly a separate elephant species, that existed in North Africa until becoming extinct in Ancient Roman times.
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ANTIOCHUS VI 144-142 BC. AE 20-23mm23 viewsANTIOCHUS VI 144-142.

Obv. Radiate bust of Antiochus VI right.

Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝOΥΣ, elephant left, STA control mark above, cornucopiae behind.

Ref.SNG Spaear 1771-1777.
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ANTIOCHUS VI 144-142/1 BC.AE.2233 viewsANTIOCHUS VI 144-142/1 BC

Obv. Radiate bust of Antiochus VI right.

Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ , Elephant left, ΣTA control mark Behind, EΠΙΦΑΝOΥΣ ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΥ

Ref. SNG Spaear 1774-1776
Lee S
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Antiochus VI Dionysus - AE5 viewsAntioch
mid -143 - 142 BC
radiate head right, wearing ivy-wreath
elephant left, torch in trunk, star right
BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ANTIOXOY // EΠIΦANOYΣ / ∆IONYΣOY
ΣTA
Houghton-Lorber 2006c, SNG Spaer 1774, Houghton CSE 249
ex Naumann
Johny SYSEL
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Antiochus VI, 145-142 BC42 viewsAntiochus VI
Kingdom of Syria
AE serrate – 21mm
Antioch, 145-142 BC
Radiate head of Antiochus as Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy elephant advancing left
BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY ΣEB EΠIΦANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY
Sear 7081
Ardatirion
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Antiochus VI, Dionysos41 viewsAntiochus VI, Dionysos
145-142 BC

O: Radiate bust of Antiochus to right
R: Elephant to left
BASILEWS
ANTIOCOU
STA
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EPIFANOU
DIONUSOU

SNG Spaer 1774, Houghton Coll. 249
Ae serrated bronze; 22-23mm; 6.
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Antiochus VI, Dionysos, 145 - 142 B.C.14 viewsAntiochus VI, Dionysos, 145 - 142 B.C. AE 21 serrated edge. Obv: Head of Antiochos VI as Dionysos radiate right, and wreathed with Ivy. Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΥ, Elephant advancing left holding torch with his trunk, ΣTA above cornucopia in left field. SEAR # 7081
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Antiochus VI, Dionysos, 145/144 - 142 B.C.16 viewsAntiochus VI, Dionysos, 145/144 - 142 B.C. Ae 22.0~22.8mm. 8.58g. Serrated edge. Obv: Head of Antiochos VI as Dionysos radiate right, and wreathed with Ivy. Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΥ, Elephant advancing left holding torch with his trunk, ETA above cornucopia in left field. SEAR # 7081ddwau
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Antoninianus; AETERNITAS AVGG, Elephant with guide; RIC 5820 viewsPhilip I, 244-249 Antoninianus, Rome A.D. 247. IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / AETERNITAS AVGG, Elephant with guide left. RIC 58, RSC 17. Sear RCV III: 8921.1 commentsPodiceps
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ANTONINUS PIUS62 viewsAE sestertius. 139 AD. 24,62 grs. Laureate head right. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP / Africa standing half-left, wearing elephant's skin headdress, holding crown and cornucopiae. AFRICA. In fields S C. COS II in exergue.
RIC 574, C 24, BMCRE 1175.
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ANTONINUS PIUS32 viewsAE sestertius. 139 AD. 24,62 grs. Laureate head right. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP / Africa standing half-left, wearing elephant's skin headdress, holding crown and cornucopiae. AFRICA. In fields S C. COS II in exergue.
RIC 574, C 24, BMCRE 1175.
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ANTONINUS PIUS / ELEPHANT17 views148 - 149 AD
AE As 24 mm 9.24 g
O: Laur head R
R: Elephant walking R
COS IIII in ex.
Rome
(reverse type refers to games celebrating 900th anniversary of Rome)
laney
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Antoninus Pius Elephant75 viewsAntoninus Pius, AE As, 6.4g, 138 - 161 AD (Struck 148 - 149 AD) RIC III 862a
BMCRE 1840, Cohen 565
OBV: PP TR P XII, Laureate head of Pius right
REV: MVNIFICENTIA AVG COS IIII / S C in two lines in exergue, Elephant walking right.
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Antoninus Pius Sestertius48 viewsAE Sestertius, AD 139.
Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right,
Rev: AFRICA COS II S-C, Africa, wearing elephant-skin head-dress, standing left, holding crown and cornucopiae

(RIC 574; C 24; RCV 4145).
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 574, Sestertius of AD 139 (Aurum Coronarium: Africa)64 viewsÆ Sestertius (22.43g, Ø32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: AFRICA (around) COS II (in ex.) S C (in field), Africa, draped, wearing elephant skin headdress, standing left, holding a diadem of pearls and cornucopiae.
RIC 574 (R); BMCRE IV 1177; Cohen 24; Strack 773 (4 collections); Banti 10 (1 specimen: this one illustrated); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4145 var.

ex CNG printed auction 93; ex Robert O. Ebert Collection; ex Walter Niggeler Collection (Part 3, Leu: Münzen und Medaillen AG, 2 November 1967, lot 1290).

Part of a series celebrating Antoninus' remission of half of the special tax (aurum coronarium) normally levied on the provinces at the time of the accession of an emperor.
(photo: CNG)
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 576, Sestertius of AD 139 (crown series - Africa)28 viewsÆ Sestertius (26,92g, Ø 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: AFRICA around, COS II in ex., S C in field, Africa wearing elephant headdress, standing left, holding wreath and cornucopiae, scorpion at her feet.
RIC 576 (*) var. (rev. Africa holding 'basket' instead of wreath); BMCRE 1175 var. (no scorpion on reverse); Cohen 21 (*) (15 fr); Strack 772 (4 collections); Banti 12 (2 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 4145 var.
Ex Almanumis (Gérard Krebs, Nîmes, France) (2015)

Part of a series celebrating Antoninus' remission of half of the special tax (aurum coronarium) normally levied on the provinces at the time of the accession of an emperor.
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(*) the term "lion's head" and "tête de lion" in the description of the reverse in RIC 576 and Cohen 21 respectively is based on a misinterpretation of the reverse representation of the Paris specimen by Cohen and should be changed to "scorpion". It is correct in Strack 771.
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 862a, As of AD 148-149 (elephant) 20 viewsÆ As (12.16g, 27mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 148-149.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII, laureate head right.
Rev.: MVNIFICENTIA AVG around, COS IIII / [S C] in two lines in ex., Elephant walking right.
RIC 862a (C); Cohen 565
Ex Old Roman Coins , 2001; ex Bullowa, 8/49.

MVNIFICENTIA AVG = "The generosity of the Emperor"; struck when games and donative were held in conjunction with the celebration of the 900th anniversary of the founding of Rome on April 21st, AD.147.
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 862a, As of AD 148-149 (Munificentia)49 viewsÆ As (8.57g, Ø26mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck 148-149 AD.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG - PIVS P P TR P XII, laureate head right.
Rev.: MVNIFICENTIA AVG around edge COS IIII / S C in ex., elephant walking right.
RIC 862a; Cohen 565'Foss (RHC) 128:51

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.
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Apameia; Seleukis and Pieria; Zeus / Elephant. AE2017 viewsSyria, Seleukis and Pieria Apameia - Zeus / Elephant. 20mm, 7.8 g. 1st Century B.C. Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus right. Reverse: ΑΠΑΜΕΩΝ / ΤΗΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ / ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ / ΚL, Elephant Standing right, Date before. BMC Syria, p. 235, 14 and pl. 27, 6; SGCV II 5867 var (date). In 302 B.C., Seleucus ceded a large part of Afghanistan to Chandragupta for 500 elephants to equip his army. The Seleukids' elephant breeding and training camp was at Apamea. In 188 B.C., Rome forced the defeated Antiochus III to sign the Treaty of Apamea, which obligated him to hand over all but 10 of his ships, hostages, 15,000 talents and his elephants. When this coin was issued the elephants existed only in memory.Podiceps
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Arakan: Min Khamaung (1612-1622) AR Tanka (Mitchiner-LW.334; G&G-RA4; KM#7)35 viewsObv: Inscription in Arakanese; ၉၇၄ ဆင်ဖြူ သခင် ၀ရဓမ္မ ရာဇာ ဥသှေင် သှာ (hsin byu shin waradhamma raza ushaung shah; Lord of the White Elephant Waradhamma Raja Husain Shah)
Rev: Bilingual inscription in Arabic and Bengali; صاحب الفيل الابيض الملك العادل حسين شاه سلطان (sahib al-fil al-abyad al-malik al-adil husain shah sultan; Lord of the White Elephant the just king Husain Shah sultan); ধাভালা গাজেস্ভারা শ্রী শ্রী ধামা রাজা হুচনা সহ (dhavala gajesvara sri sri dhama raja huchana saha; Lord of the White Elephant the most exhalted Dhama Raja (King of Righteousness) Husain Shah)
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Arakan: Narapadigyi (1638-1645) AR Tanka (Mitchiner-352; Phayre: plate I, 7)28 viewsSame inscription on both sides of the coin. Phayre's verbatim transliteration / translation follows:

1000 Cheng phyu Sakheng Narabadigyi (BE1000 Lord of the white elephant, Narabadigyi)

Unicode Burmese inscription (will only display correctly if you have working Unicode 5.1 fonts for Burmese like Padauk):

၁၀၀၀ သင်ဖြူ သခင် နာရာဗ တီကြီ
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Arakan: Thado (1645-1652) AR Tanka (Mitchiner-358)31 viewsSame inscription on both sides of the coin. Phayre's verbatim transliteration / translation follows:

1007 Cheng ni Sakheng Cheng phyu Sakheng Sado Meng Tara (BE1007 Lord of the red elephant, lord of the white elephant, Sa-do Meng Tara (Illustrious King of Justice))

Unicode Burmese inscription (will only display if you have Unicode 5.1 fonts for Burmese like Padauk):

၁၀၀၇ ဆင်နီ သခင် ဆင် ဖြူသခင် သတိုစ် မင်တရား
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Artaxiads of Armenia: Tigranes IV (8-5 BC) AE Two Chalci (Nercessian-171)36 viewsObv: Head of heavily bearded Tigranes facing right. The tiara seems to have three or four peaks and is surrounded with dotted pearls. Armenian tiara is adorned with a star and two eagles. The king has refined features.
Rev: Elephant walking right with truck up. Legend above ΒΑCΙΛΕΩC / ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ; Below to right ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ
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As, Elephant12 viewsCOMMODUS A.D. 177-192 Æ As. Rev. MVNIFICENTIA AVG P M TRP...COS IIII...., Elephant walking right 9.9gm 23mm RIC 397 var. or 432 var. RCV 5871 var. (neither gives P M in the legend)Podiceps
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Bactria, Graeco-Baktrian Kings, Demetrios, Æ29, ca. 200-185 BC.89 viewsBactria, Graeco-Baktrian Kings, Demetrios,
Æ29, Hemi-obol / Triple Unit / Trichalkon (28-29 mm / 12.41 g), ca. 200-185 BC.,
Obv.: Head of elephant slightly right with raised trunk, wearing bell.
Rev.: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY, either side of large caduceus (with serpent heads at the upper ends), monogram ΔPI... in field to left.
SNG ANS 209-11 ; Bopearachchi Série 5C ; MIG 108a ; cf. Sear GC 7533 .

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Bactria; Antialkidas Drachm; Zeus Nikephoros seated, elephant forepart27 viewsAntialkidas, ca.130-120 B.C. Indo-Greeks of Bactria. AR Drachm. 17mm,2.00g. BASILEWS NIKHFOROU ATIALKIDOU, Diademed and draped bust right, wearing kausia / Kharoshti inscription: Maharajasa jayadharasa Amtialkidasaeus, Zeus Nikephoros seated facing slightly left; to left, forepart of elephant left; monogram below throne. Bopearachchi Série 13B; SNG ANS 1098-103.Podiceps
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Bactrian Kingdom, Apollodotos I, 174 - 160 B.C.75 viewsSilver square drachm; (Bop.4a, Mitchner 207f, SNG ANS 303); 165 -160 B.C. Weight 2.3 g., Max side measurment 16.57 mm., Obv. ΣΩTHPOΣ AΠOΛΛOΔOTOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ around, Elephant stg. r., AV monogram below; Rev. Karosthi legend around, Zebu bull stg. r., A below;. Toned with light encrustation. 4 commentsSteve E
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Baktria, Antialkides0 viewsAntialkides. 130-120 BC. AR Drachm (2.38 gm). Diademed and draped bust of Antialkides r. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΝΙΚHΦΟΡΟY ΑΝΤΙΑΛΚΙΔΟΥ. / Zeus enthroned holdin sceptre & Nike, holding wreath. Forepart of elephant l. Monogram below throne. Karosthi legend Majarajasa jayadharasa Amtiakidasa (of Great King Antialkidas the Victory-bearer). VF.  Same obverse die: Bopearachchi Série 9B #7; BMC 15; SNG ANS 9 #1063; SNG Cop 7 #316. HGC 12 #255. cf MIG 2 Type 275a (monogram variant).Anaximander
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Baktria, Antialkides0 viewsAntialkides. 130-120 BC. AR Drachm (2.41 gm) of Pushkalavati. Diademed and draped bust of Antialkides r. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΝΙΚHΦΟΡΟY ΑΝΤΙΑΛΚΙΔΟΥ. / Zeus enthroned l. w/ sceptre and Nike. Forepart of elephant l., holding wreath. Monogram below throne. Karosthi legend Majarajasa jayadharasa Amtiakidasa (of Great King Antialkidas the Victory-bearer). EF.   Ponterio CCIF 142 #1702. Bopearachchi Série 9B #7; HGC 12 #256; OCV-275a; Sear Greek 7631; SNG ANS 9 #1063; SNG Cop 7 #316. cf. MIG 2 Type 275a (monogram variant). Anaximander
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Baktria, Antialkides0 viewsAntialkides. 130-120 BC. AR Drachm (2.36 gm). Diademed and draped bust of Antialkides r. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΝΙΚHΦΟΡΟY ΑΝΤΙΑΛΚΙΔΟΥ. / Zeus enthroned w/ sceptre in left arm & Nike in r., holding wreath. Elephant facing r. Monogram below throne. Karosthi legend Majarajasa jayadharasa Amtiakidasa (of Great King Antialkidas the Victory-bearer). aVF.   SNG ANS 9 #1058-1061; Bopearachchi Série 9A #5-6, Smithsonian 147; BMC 3; MIG 2 Type 275b; HGC 12 #255. Anaximander
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Baktria, Apollodotus I1 viewsApollodotus I Soter. 174-165 BC. AR Square Drachm (2.42 gm) on Indian stdd. of Paropamisadai or Gandhara. Elephant stdg r. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΠΟΛΛΟΔΟΤΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ. ⷬΚ monogram in ex. / Humped bull stdg r. Karosthi legend Maharajasa Apaladatasa tradarasa (of Great King Apollodotos the Savior). Monogram C in ex. gVF. Bt. Tom Cederlind 2003. Bopearachchi Série 4D #33-40, Smithsonian #9-10; HGC 12 #119; MIG 2 Type 207b; Sear Greek 2591; SNG ANS 9 #317-323. Anaximander
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Baktria, Apollodotus I0 viewsApollodotus I Soter. 174-165 BC. AR Square Drachm (2.42 gm) on Indian stdd. of Paropamisadai or Gandhara. Elephant stdg r., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΠΟΛΛΟΔΟΤΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ. monogram Ѧ⃒ in ex. / Humped bull stdg r. Karosthi legend Maharajasa Apaladatasa tradarasa (of Great King Apollodotos the Savior). Monogram ᴀᴾ in ex. aEF. Pegasi VI #233. Bopearachchi Série 4A #15-21, Smithsonian #6-8; HGC 12 #119; MIG 2 Type 207e-f; SNG ANS 9 #303-308; Sear Greek 2591. Anaximander
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Baktria, Demetrios I2 viewsDemetrios I Aniketos. 200-185 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.71 gm) of Baktra. Diademed bust of Demetrios I r., wearing elephant-skin headdress. / Herakles stdg facing, crowning himself and holding club and lion-skin. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ. ᴀᴾ monogram to inner l. aEF. Pegasi A13 #243. Bopearachchi Série 1A; HGC 12 #63; MIG 1 Type 103a. cf. SNG ANS 9 #186-192 (different monogram). Anaximander
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Baktria, Demetrios I3 viewsDemetrios I Aniketos. 200-185 BC. AR Obol (0.68 gm) of Baktra. Diademed bust of Demetrios I r., wearing elephant-skin headdress. / Herakles stdg facing, crowning himself and holding club and lion-skin. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ. ᴾΚ monogram to inner l. gVF. Ponterio 137 #1246. Bopearachchi Série 3B #7-8; BMC 9-11; HGC 12 #65; MIG 105e; Sear Greek 7531; SNG ANS 9 #193-198; SNG Cop 7 #261. Anaximander
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Baktria, Heliokles II0 viewsHeliokles II. 90-75 BC. Square AE (9.01 gm) of En Gandhara or Wn Punjab. Overstruck on Strato I. Diademed and draped bust of Zeus Keraumophoros r. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΗΛΙΟΚΛΕΟΥΣ. / Elephant stdg l. Karosthi legend Maharaja dhramikasa Heliyakreyasa (of Great King Heliokles the Just). Monogram NΔ  in ex. VF.  CNG 72 #1046. Boperachchi Série 7C; BMC 3; HGC 12 #384; MIG 2 Type 294e. cf. SNG ANS 9 #1151-1155 (different monogram). Anaximander
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Baktria, Heliokles II1 viewsHeliokles II. 90-75 BC. Square AE (21mm, 7.25 gm) of En Gandhara or Wn Punjab. Diademed and draped bust of Zeus Keraumophoros r. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΗΛΙΟΚΛΕΟΥΣ. / Elephant stdg l. Karosthi legend Maharaja dhramikasa Heliyakreyasa (of Great King Heliokles the Just). Monogram NΔ  in ex. VF.   Boperachchi Série 7C; BMC 3; HGC 12 #384; MIG 2 Type 294e; Sear Greek 7641. cf. SNG ANS 9 #1151-1155 (monogram).
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Baktria, Lysias0 viewsLysias. 130-120 BC. AR Drachm (2.23 gm). Diademed & draped bust of Lysias r., wearing elephant-skin headdress. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΙΚΗΤΟΥ ΛΥΣΙΟΥ. / Heracles stdg, facing, crowning himself and holding club, palm branch, and lion-skin. Karosthi legend Maharajasa apadihatasa Likikasa (of Great King Lisia, the Unconquered). Monogram to l. EF.  Ex: Tom Cederlind. Bopearachchi Série 4c #12-14; BMC 4; HGC 12 #240; MIG 2 Type 262c; Sear Greek 7623; SNG ANS 9 #1032-1034. Anaximander
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Baktria, Lysias0 viewsLysias. 130-120 BC. Square AE Hemiobol (8.52 gm). Bearded head of Herakles r., club over shoulder. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΙΚΗΤΟΥ ΛΥΣΙΟΥ. / Elephant walking r. Karosthi legend Maharajasa apadihatasa Lisikasa (of Great King Lysias the Unconquered). Monogram in ex. VF.  CICF138 #1488. Bopearachchi Série 8B-C; HGC 12 #245; MIG 2 Type 266c-d; OCV 1838/9; Sear Greek 7626; SNG ANS 1048-1052. Anaximander
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Baktria, Menander0 viewsMenander. 155-130 BC. AE (15mm, 2.65 gm). Elephant head r., wearing bell around neck. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ. / Club upwards, Karosthi legend Maharajasa tratarasa Menamdrasa (of Great King Menander, the Savior). Value mark A to l. & monogram to r. gF.  Bopearachchi Série 28B #162; HGC 12 #197; MIG 2 Type 240b; Sear Greek 7616; SNG ANS 9 #917-918; SNG Cop 7 #309.Anaximander
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Baktrian Kingdom, Apollodotos I, ca. 175-165 BC Æ Quadruple Unit27 viewsΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΠΟΛΛΟΔΟΤΟY ΣΩΤHPOΣ (of King Apollodotos Savior) Apollo standing facing holding bow and arrow.
Tripod on stand in dotted square border outside which Maharajas Apaladasta Iradasa (of King Apollodotos Savior) in Kharoshthi script (reverse image in photo above is inverted).

Mitchiner 209a; Bopearachchi 6A; SNG ANS 9, 346; HGC 12, 41; Sear GCV 7594.

(22 x 21 mm, 12h).
CNG e-Auction 162, 11 Apr. 2007, 134.

Apollodotos was a contemporary of the later Euthydemid rulers, Agathokles, Pantaleon and Antimachos. His Greek coinage is rare with only less than a dozen portrait tetradrachm specimens known. Almost all of his coinage adhered to south Indian traditions, with bi-lingual Greek and Kharoshthi legends and non-portrait types struck on square flans, either elephant and bull on his silver, or Apollo and tripod on the bronze. From this coinage, which comprises the only evidence for his reign, it appears that Apollodotos administered his territories south of the Hindu Kush. The imagery on Apollodotos’ coins breaks with the tradition of the Euthydemid dynasty, portraying seated Athena on the tetradrachms (in the style of the reverse of Lysimachos coinage) and a standing Apollo on AE issues, reminiscent of the Seleukid coinage. Eukratides may have retained him as a provincial ruler through the struggle for power.
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BCC Lt246 viewsLead Token
Obv: Crude mask, incuse
Rev: Elephant or other animal
Cup shape
9.5mm 0.77gm. Axis:90
cf. A. Hamburger #42 (rev.) and #43 (obv.)
Surface Finds from Caesarea
Maritima - Tesserae, Levine, Netzer, 1979
Surface find from Caesarea Maritima ca.1970
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BCC LT3435 viewsLead Tessera
Caesarea Maritima
Late Roman 1st-4th cent .
Obv: Elephant walking right.
Rev: Uncertain object.
12.5x11mm. 1.27gm. Axis:?
cf. Anit Hamburger #30
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BCC M7927 viewsCaesarea Minima
Alexandria Mint?
Hadrian? or Trajan, 2nd century CE
Obv: Bearded? laureate head right.
Rev: Elephant walking right
12.5x10mm. 1.05gm. Axis: 330
cf. Hamburger #76 Possible imitation of
BMC Alexandria nos. 491-493
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BCC RI19x64 viewsRoman Imperial
Septimius Severus 193-211CE
Denarius
Obv:L SEPT SEV PERT
A[VG IMP VIIII] laur. bust rt.
Rev:[MVNIFI]CENTIA AVG
Elephant to right.
AR 17x19mm. 2.87gm. Axis:0
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BCC RI19x58 viewsRoman Imperial (BCC 13)
Septimius Severus
193-211CE Denarius
OBV:L SEPT SEV PERT
A[VG IMP VIII] laur. bust rt.
REV:MVNIFICENTIA AVG
Elephant to right.
AR 17x19mm. 2.87gm. Axis:0
RIC IV 82 RSC III 348
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Bithynia, Nikaia, Gallienus, Rec. Gen. 83662 viewsGallienus, AD 253-286
AE 24, 7.6g
obv. POV LI EG - G[ALLIHN CEB]
Bust, draped and cuirassed, radiate, r.
rev. [NIKAI]E - WN
Dionysos, in long clothes, holding tyrsos and kantharos, std. l. in quadriga of
elephants, advancing l.
Reg. Gen. 836; BMC 154
rare, good F/about VF, provincial style!

There is a similar type for Gordian III. The rev. shows the triumph of Dionysos in India.
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C. Caecilius Metellus Jupitor in Biga of Elephants40 viewsC. Caecilius Metellus, Denarius, Rome, 125 BC,3.833g, 17.5mm, die axis 90o, SRCV I 145, Crawford 269/1, Sydenham 485, RSC I Caecilia 14,
OBV: Head of Roma right in winged Phrygian helmet, ROMA behind, X (XVI monogram) below chin
REV: Jupiter in biga of elephants left, holding thunderbolt, crowned by Victory flying right above, C METELLVS (ME in monogram) in ex;

EX: Forum Ancient Coins

The reverse refers to the victory of L. Caecilius Metellus over the Carthaginian Hasdrubal
at Panormus in 250 B.C. and the capture of Hasdrubal's elephants.
The elephants were paraded at his triumph in Rome.
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Caecilia13 viewsM Caecilius Q f Q n Metellus AR Denarius. Restored issue, 82-80 BC, Rome mint. Diademed head of Apollo right, curls hanging in ringlets; ROMA behind, monogram below chin / M. METELLVS. Q. F. around Macedonian shield decorated with elephant's head; all within laurel-wreath. Cr369/1, Syd 719. Britanikus
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Caesar elephant denarius79 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

Pontifical implements: simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.

3.87g

Crawford 443/1; HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston

Sold Forum Auction Oct 2018
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Caesarea Mauretania106 viewsObverse: Head of Africa r. with elephant skin, two spears to l.
Reverse: CAESAREA Dolphin l.
Mint : Caesarea
Date : 27 BC-AD14
Reference : RPC-881 (only 3 spec.), Sear-5225
Grade : F
Weight : 5.23g
Metal : Bronze
Acquired: 07/08/04
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Calabria Tarentum AR Didrachm circa 281-272 BC 21mm 6.47 g Vlasto 73639 viewsNaked boy on horse walking left,being recived by a naked male figure standing left,crowning the horse API-ETI-N in three lines beneath the horse,in field to right,monogram.Rev Taras on dolphin right holding bow and arrows,beneath elephant.1 commentsGrant H
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Calabria, Tarentum.18 viewsCalabria, Tarentum. 281-272 BC. AR Nomos (6.51 gm) of Apulia. Boy on hoseback l., stg figure to l., crowning horse. ΓΥ in field to r., ΑΡΙ ΣΤΙ Π below to l. / Taras (ecist) on dolphin r., holding bow and arrow. Elephant in field to r., ΔΙ to l. VF. Bt. Coral Gables 2000. SNG ANS 1003; SNG Cop 883-884; HN Italy 1000; Vlasto 736; Sear 370.1 commentsChristian T
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Calabria, Tarentum. Ca. 280-228 B.C. AR litra48 views10.8 mm, .59 g, 11 h
Cockle-shell / Dolphin right; elephant below.
HN Italy -; SNG ANS -; Vlasto -.
Nice VF. Apparently unpublished control mark. "
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Caracalla, 198–217 CE49 viewsAR denarius, Rome, 212 CE; 18mm, 3.40g. BMCRE 47, RIC 199, RSC 208. Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT; head laureate right. Rx: PM TR P XV COS III P – P; Elephant walking right.

Notes: Third issue (Jan.) of the joint reign of Caracalla and Geta; possibly struck to commemorate games held in 211 CE to celebrate the victories in Britain. The reverse die has been altered, with XV re-engraved over XIIII. According to FORVM Ancient Coins, “since this modification is present on several dies, it is likely that they were prepared in late 211 [CE] but unused until 212 when the tribunician number had to be changed.” Rare; four specimens in the Reka Devnia Hoard.

Provenance: Ex Gorny & Mosch 108 (3 April 2001), lot 1933; ex Lanz 97 (5 May 2000), lot 743.

Literature: K. Elks, “Coins of Caracalla with Altered Dies,” NC 1973, pp. 222–3 and pl. 15, no. 4 (same reverse die), and Spink & Son, Ltd., The Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins (London, 18 November 1997), Auction 123, lot 1230 (same reverse die).
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Caracalla, BMC Thrace pg. 174, 2613 viewsSerdica mint, Caracalla, 198-217 A.D. AE, 19mm 3.6g, BMC Thrace pg. 174, 26; Hristova / Jekov - The coins of Serdica - Nr. 12.18.53.7-8 page 131; Varbanov (bulg.) 141
O: AVT K M AVP CEV ANTΩNEINOC (or similar), Laureate head right
R: CEPΔΩN, Elephant standing right
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Carthago - Constantinus I - Follis39 viewsAE Follis. Carthago.
Obv.: FL VAL CONSTANTINVS NOB CAES
Rev.: CONSERVATO - R - AFRICAE SVAE, SE in l. field, F in r. field, Delta in ex.
Africa stg. facing, head l., in long drapery with elephant-skin head-dress, r. holding standard, l. tusk; at feet to l., lion with captured bull.

RIC VI, Carthago 58; struck c. early 307; scarce
Tanit
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Carthago - Constantinus I - Follis26 viewsAE Follis. Early 307 AD.
Obv: FL VAL CONSTANTINVS NOB CAES
Rev: CONSERVATOR AFRICAESVAE / SE F in field / delta in exergue ;Africa standing facing, head left, in long drapery with elephant-skin head-dress, right holding standard, left tusk; at feet to left, lion with captured bull.

RIC VI Carthage 58
Scarce
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Chulalongkorn Coat of Arms19 viewsChulalongkorn (Rama V--Chakri Dynasty) Coat of Arms

Origin/Meaning:
The arms of the Kingdom of Siam were created during the reign of King Chulalongkorn the Great, Rama V, when the Kingdom was exposed to Western traditions, ideas, and also European threat of colonialism. King Chulalongkorn, who visited Europe twice, modernized Siam and adopted many of the European traditions to his court, including the use of heraldry.

On the top of the coat of arms is the Great Victory Crown of Thailand, the most important royal regalia and the symbol of kingship. Under the crown is the symbol of the Royal House of Chakri, the King's royal family, which is a disc intersected with a trident. The royal multi-tiered umbrellas of state are also present on either side of the crown. To both sides of the coat of arms are the other regalia, the royal sword and the royal baton. In the background is the draped robe - either the Royal robe of the King or the robe of the Order of Chulachomklao - an order created by the King. The supporters are two (again) mythical creatures, one is the Royal Lion, rajasiha, and the other is Elephant Lion, gaja-siha.

The shield itself is partitioned into three parts, signifying the Thai part of the Kingdom (the 3-headed elephant) on the top, the Laotian suzerainty (another elephant), and the Malay suzerainty (two "kris", or Malayan short swords).

The chain under the Arms is a necklace that is a part of the Order of Chulachomklao.
The ribbon under the Arms is inscribed with the motto (in Pali, the language of the Buddhist canon) which may be translated as "Unity brings happiness".

When the present seal (the Garuda) was made the State symbol, King Chulalongkorn's great arms were no longer used as a State symbol, however, it still adorns the hats of Thai police officers to this day.
Literature : Information provided by Apirat Sugondhabhirom
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Cistophoric Tetradrachm of Apamaeia- Attalid Empire 145-139 BC22 viewsOBV: Cista Mystica with half open lid from which a serpent emerges; all within an ivy wreath
REV: Two coiled serpents with heads erect; between them an ornamental bow-case with strap at right and bow projecting to the upper left. In field to left- monogram of Apameia. In right field Head of an elephant. In lower coils of the snakes: to left initials MI and to right - Delta H.

The coin is listed in Kleiner and Noe's (The Early Cistophoric Coinage; ANS Numismatic studies. No 14, NY 1977) as part of Series 23. The cistophori of Apameia were minted at Pergamum. Kleiner believes the initials on cistophori represent mint officials at Pergamum. This identification is entirely the work of djmacdo ("Mac") on the Forum.
Weight 12.6 gm
daverino
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Commodus 88 viewsObverse: L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL Commodus Laureate head right
Reverse: PROVIDENTIAE AVG Commodus, as Hercules, standing right with foot on prow, resting club on tree trunk and holding thunderbolt, clasping hands with Africa who wears elephant-skin headdress and stands right holding sistrum; to her feet, a lion
Mint : Rome
Date : AD 191-192
Reference : RIC III 259a; MIR 18, 861-4/30; RSC 643
Grade : Good VF
Weight : 3.48 g
Denom : Denarius
Metal : Silver
Comments : The elements comprising this reverse type portray a personified Africa and the emperor Commodus as Hercules and represent the African fleet of corn transports as Africa was the granary of Rome. 16mm
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Commodus - Hercluea and Africa52 viewsObverse: L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL - Laureate head Commodus right
Reverse: PROVIDENTIAE AVG - Hercules standing left, foot on prow, resting club on a tree trunk behind and holding thunderbolt while clasping hands with Africa, who stands right, wearing elephant skin and holding sistrum; lion at her feet
Mint : Rome
Date : AD 191-192
Reference : RIC III, p. 396, 259a Rare; Cohen 643
Grade : aVF
Weight : 3.04g
Denom : Denarius
Metal : Silver
Acquired: 03/04/04

Comments : Issued c.192 A.D., to mark the establishment of a fleet of ships to bring North African grain to Rome which he renamed the Commodiana Herculea, and Commodus' foresight (PROVIDENTIAE AVG) in doing so. The ship's prow makes reference to the role of Rome's overseas provinces, in feeding the capital.
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Commodus Elephant46 viewsPER, Curtis Clay:
Commodus As
REV: MVNIFICENTIA AVG TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII P P S C, or the same with P M before TR P VIIII.
May be Commodus RIC III 432? MUNIFICENTIA AVG TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII PP SC?
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Commodus, 177 - 193 AD28 viewsObv: L AEL AVREL (COMM) AVG P FEL, laureate head of Commodus facing right.

Rev: PROVIDENTIAE AVG, Commodus dressed as Hercules, standing front, head left, naked, foot on prow, resting a club on a tree-trunk, clasping hands over corn-ears with Africa, who stands before him facing right, she wears an elephant's skin headdress and holds a sistrum, lion at her feet.

Note: Refers to the foresight of the emperor in reorganizing the North African grain fleet that was renamed Commodiana Herculea.

Silver Denarius, Rome mint, 192 AD

2.6 grams, 18 mm, 180°

RIC III 259a, RSC 643, S5687, VM 90
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Commodus, RIC 641, Sestertius of AD 192 (Providentiae)37 viewsÆ Sestertius (26.15g, Ø30mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 192.
Obv.: L·AEL·AVREL·CO-MM·AVG·P·FEL, laureate head right.
Rev.: P M TR P X IMP VII COS IIII (around) S C (in ex.), Commodus as Hercules, naked, standing left, foot on prow, holding club left resting on tree trunk or rock(s), receiving corn-ears from Africa, standing right, togate, wearing elephant-skin head-dress, holding sistrum (brass rattle, an Egyptian musical instrument) in left, lion at her feet.

RIC 641 (R); Cohen 644 (15fr.); BMC 718; Sear 5796

During the last year of his reign, the megalomania of Commodus reached insane levels. He renamed many things of importance after himself including the twelve months year, even the city Rome, the citizens of Rome, the Senate and so on. This issue marks the renaming of the African grain fleet to "Commodiana Herculea"

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Commodus.21 viewsCommodus. A.D. 177-192. AR denarius (17.5 mm, 2.63 g, 1 h). Rome mint, A.D. 192. Rare. L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL, head right wearing lion's skin headdress / PROVIDENTIAE AVG, Commodus, as Hercules, standing left, foot on prow, holding club, clasping hands with Africa who is wearing elephant skin headdress and holding sistrum, a lion at her feet. RIC 259a; RSC 643; BMCRE 356. aVF, ecoli
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COUNTERMARKED12 viewsELEPHANT HEAD COUNTERMARKlaney
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COVENTRY HALF-PENNY230 viewsCOVENTRY HALF-PENNY - CU 1797 Coventry half-penny. Obv.: Lady Godiva rides horse left. Above: PRO BONO PUBLICO - Date in exurge. Reverse: Elephant with tower on back walks right. COVENTRY HALF-PENNY. Reference: Conder #68.
From the Birmingham Museum: In the late 18th century the Royal Mint did not make enough low value coins to satisfy the growing demand for small change. As a result, many towns and cities started producing their own token money. This halfpenny token was issued at Coventry in Warwickshire. It depicts the famous story of Lady Godiva, who supposedly rode naked through the streets to win a reduction in the city’s taxes from her husband, Earl Leofric. The reverse shows that the die cutter had clearly never seen a real elephant!
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Cr 262/2 AE Semis Anonymous [Elephant]12 viewsc. 128 BCE, bronze Semis
20.9 mm, 8.29 grams
o: Saturn head right, S behind
r: Prow right, [S before?], elephant head above, [R]OM[A] below
Crawford 262/2
Ex. RBW collection
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Cr 262/2 AE Semis Anonymous 10 views128 B.C.E.
AE Semis Anonymous, Rome mint
o: laureate head of Saturn right, S (mark of value) behind
r: galley prow right, elephant head wearing bell facing right above, S (mark of value) right, ROMA below
(7.242g, maximum diameter 22.3mm, die axis 90o,
ex RBW Collection
Forum's Notes:
The elephant head recalls the victory of L. Caecilius Metellus over Hasdrubal at Panormus in 250 B.C. and the capture of Hasdrubal's elephants. The moneyer is perhaps L. Caecilius Metellus Diadematus, Consul 117 B.C., or L. Caecilius Metellus Delmaticus, Consul 119 B.C.
Purchased from Forum Ancient Coins
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Cr 374/1 - Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Denarius44 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC
Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius
(81 BC). AR denarius (19mm, 3.93 gm, 7h). Uncertain mint in northern Italy.

Diademed head of Pietas right; to right, stork standing right / Q. C. M. P. I. in exergue, elephant standing left, wearing bell around neck.

Crawford 374/1. Sydenham 750. Caecilia 43. Darkly toned. Good Very Fine.
Ex Heritage
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Cr. 263/1a, Republic, 127 BC, M. Caecilius Metellus33 viewsM. Caecilius Metellus
Denarius, 127 BC, Rome
Obv.: Helmeted head of Roma right, star on helmet, star below, ROMA upward behind.
Rev.: M.METELLVS.Q.F., Macedonian shield with elephant's head in central boss, surrounded by laurel wreath.
Ag, 3,90g, 18 mm
Ref.: Crawford 263/1a, Syd. 480.
Ex Lanz Numismatik
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Crawford 374/1, Roman Republic, Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius, Denarius58 viewsRoman Republic (mobile mint of Sulla in North Italy, 81 BC.), Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius. AR Denarius (3.80 g, 17-19 mm). Obv.: Diademed head of Pietas right, wearing earring; stork before. Rev.: Q. C. M. P. I , Elephant l.. Crawford 374/1. Syd. 750. BMCRR Spain 43 ; Bab. Caecilia 43.

The issue was produced by Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius, serving as a Sullan commander in the fight against Carrinas, Norbanus and Carbo. The type of Pietas commemorates the title of "Pius" received by Metellus when he tried to get his father returned from banishment. The elephant recalls the victory of his ancestor, L.Caecilius Metellus at Panormus (Sicily) in 251 BC over the Hasdrubal and his Carthaginians in the First Punic War, after which he displayed the elephants captured from the Carthaginians in his triumph in Rome.

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Danish India, Tranquebar: Frederik III (1648-1670) Pb Cash (UBJ-98; Gray-75; KM#79)13 viewsObv: Crowned F3 monogram
Rev: Elephant left, with raised trunk
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Danish India, Tranquebar: Frederik III (1648-1670) Pb Cash (UBJ-98; Gray-75; KM#79)5 viewsObv: Crowned F3 monogram
Rev: Elephant left, with raised trunk
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SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Demetrios I Soter. 162-150 BC. Serrate Æ. Antioch mint. Head of horse left / Head of elephant right. SC 1646; HGC 9, 833.
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SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Demetrios I Soter. 162-150 BC. Serrate Æ. Antioch mint. Head of horse left / Head of elephant right. SC 1646; HGC 9, 833.
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Demetrios I Soter (162-150 BC). Serrate Ae. Antioch.21 viewsObv: Horse's head left.
Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY. Elephant's head right.
References: SC 1646. HGC 9, 833. SNG Spaer 1299-1304.
3.65 g. 16 mm.
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Demetrios I Soter (162-150 BC). Serrate Ae. Antioch.17 viewsObv: Horse's head left.
Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY. Elephant's head right.
References: SC 1646. HGC 9, 833. SNG Spaer 1299-1304.
3.61 g. 16 mm.
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Demetrios I, 162-150 B.C. AE 16, Head of Horse Left/ Elephant’s Head Right19 viewsSeleukid Kingdom, Demetrios I, 162-150 B.C. AE 16mm, 3.7g. Serrate. Obverse: Head of Horse Left. Reverse: Elephant’s Head Right. Ex David LiebertPodiceps
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Demetrios I, Soter30 viewsSerrated AE 15, Demetrius I, ca. 162-150 B.C. Obv: Horse’s head facing left within dotted border. Rev: Elephant’s head surrounded by ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ. Dark brown patina with light earthen highlights, XF. Lindgren III, pl.61, 1068, Hoover HGC 9, 833 (R3).Molinari
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Demetrius I Soter 162-150 B.C.8 viewsDemetrius I Soter 162-150 B.C. Serrate Ae15.2~16.3mm. 3.85g. Antioch. Obv: Horse's head left. Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY. Elephant's head right. SC 1646, SNG Spaer 1299, CSE 172, Hoover 412.ddwau
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Demetrius I Soter. 162 - 150 BC. AE16mm28 viewsDemetrius I Soter. 162 - 150 BC.

Obv. Horses head left.
Rev. Elephant head right
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Denarius; Elephant walking left17 viewsTitus denarius. IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head right / TRP IX IMP XV COS VIII PP, elephant walking left. RSC 303, BMC 43, RIC 115, Sear RCV I 2512. Ex Ferenc G. Seems to be a representative of the (now extinct) North African Elephant (Loxodonta africana pharaoensis)1 commentsPodiceps
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Denarius; MVNIFICENTIA AVG, Elephant19 viewsSeptimius Severus Denarius. 197 A.D. L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VIIII, laureate head right / MVNIFICENTIA AVG, Elephant wearing cuirass walking right. RIC 100, RSC 349.Podiceps
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Devaloy Devaraja (1731-61), regent for Immadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar II (1734-66) Copper kasu, Elephant type, with crescent54 viewsDevaloy Devaraja (1731-61), regent for Immadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar II (1734-66)
Copper kasu, Elephant type, with crescent
Weight: 2.83 gm. Diameter: 11-13 mm Die axis: n.a.
Elephant left, crescent-like shape above, all within ruled and dotted borders
Criss-cross lines, with circles in the empty squares
Reference: MNI 963-5, KM 152-3
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Diocletian Follis4 viewsBillon Follis

Obv.: IMP DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG; Laur. hd. r.
Rev.: FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN ; Africa stg. facing, hd. l., holding standard and elephant's tusk, lion holding bull's hd. at feet to l. / I in field

SEAR 12754
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Diocletian Follis7 viewsBillon Follis

Obv.: IMP DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG; Laur. hd. r.
Rev.: FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN ; Africa stg. facing, hd. l., holding standard and elephant's tusk, lion holding bull's hd. at feet to l. / I in field

SEAR 12754
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Diocletian Follis6 viewsBillon Follis

Obv.: IMP DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG; Laur. hd. r.
Rev.: FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN ; Africa stg. facing, hd. l., holding standard and elephant's tusk, lion holding bull's hd. at feet to l. / N in field

SEAR 12754
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Divus Augustus Sestertius162 viewsObv.
DIVO AVGVSTO S P Q R
Statue of the deified Augusts riding left in Quadriga pulled by four elephants, who each have their own mahout

Rev.
TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST P M TR POT XXXVI
Large SC

Struck by Tiberius 34-35 A.D. in honour of the deified Augustus
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Divus Augustus. Died AD 14. Æ Sestertius (33mm, 25.61 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck under Tiberius, circa AD 36-37. Statue of Augustus seated left on throne, holding laurel branch and scepter, set on ornate car drawn by four elephants44 viewsDivus Augustus. Died AD 14. Æ Sestertius (33mm, 25.61 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck under Tiberius, circa AD 36-37. Statue of Augustus seated left on throne, holding laurel branch and scepter, set on ornate car drawn by four elephants, each with its own mahout / Legend around large S C. RIC I 68 (Tiberius). ANYONE MAY USE A LONG AS CREDIT IS GIVEN.2 commentsJoe Geranio
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Domitian drachm , Domitian in quadriga of elephants107 viewsDomitian Egypt, Alexandria. AE Drachm, year 15 (96 / 96 AD). 40 mm / 35.80 gm
Laureate bust right. / Domitian in quadriga right, drawn by four elephants, holding branch. Nike flying right above. LIE in exergue. D 462-463 E 252.15 (R1) G 411 K 24.234
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EB0091 Zeus / Athena16 viewsSeleukia, Seleukos I, SELEUKID EMPIRE, AR Tetradrachm, 305-280 BC.
Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus right.
Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Athena Promachos, brandishing spear in right hand and holding shield on left arm, in quadriga drawn by elephants right.
References: Cf. SC 130-133, BMC 33.
Diameter: 27mm, Weight: 16.251g.
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EB0224.1 Horse / Elephant3 viewsDemetrios I, SELEUKID KINGDOM, AE 17 serrate, 162-150 BC.
Obverse: Head of Horse left.
Reverse: [BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTΡEY], Head of Elephant.
References: SNG Israel 1302; Sear 7028.
Diameter: 17mm, Weight: 4.165g.
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EB0305 Antiochus VI / Elephant6 viewsAntiochus VI, Syria, AE 21, 145-142 BC.
Obverse: Radiate head of Antiochus as Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy.
Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY, Elephant advancing left.
References: BMC-45; SG 7081;
Diameter: 21.5mm, Weight: 7.83g.
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EB0337 Roma / Macedonian shield26 viewsM. Caecilius Q.f. Q.n. Metellus Denarius. 127 BC.
Obv: Helmeted head of Roma right, ROMA behind, star below chin.
Rev: M•METELLVS•Q•F•, legend around Macedonian shield on which there is an elephant's head, all within laurel wreath.
References: Cr263/1a; Syd 480.
Diameter: 19mm, Weight: 3.8 grams.
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EB0366 Julius Caesar, AR Denarius, 49-48 BC.24 viewsJulius Caesar, AR Denarius, 49-48 BC.
Obv: CAESAR in exergue, elephant right, trampling on serpent. Unknown symbol (banker's mark) left of center.
Rev: Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat
References: BMCRR, Gaul, 27, Syd. 1006.
Diameter: 18.5mm, Weight: 3.892 grams.
Note: No longer in the EB collection.
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EB0590 Nero / Alexandria21 viewsNero, Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria.
Obv: NEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB (ΓEP), radiate head right.
Rev: AVTOKPA, draped bust of Alexandria right in elephant skin headdress, LIB (year 12 = AD 65-66) to right.
References: Dattari 204.
Diameter: 26.5mm, Weight: 13.05 grams.
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EB0594 Nero / Alexandria13 viewsNero, Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria.
Obv: NEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB (ΓEP), radiate head right.
Rev: AVTOKPA, draped bust of Alexandria right in elephant skin headdress, LIB (year 12 = AD 65-66) to right.
References: Dattari 204.
Diameter: 25mm, Weight: 12.94.
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EB0611 Hadrian, AE Drachm, Egypt, AD 120-12150 viewsObverse: Laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder.
Reverse: LE (year 5) upper right, emperor holding sceptre and branch, driving a quadriga of elephants right.
References: Milne 997?; Emmett 961?.
Diameter: 36.5mm, Weight: 21.97 grams
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EB0874 Galerius / Africa10 viewsGalerius 305-311, AE Follis, Carthage circa 298 AD.
Obverse: MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, laureate head right.
Reverse: FELIX ADVENT AVGG N N, Africa standing facing, head left, in long drapery with elephant-skin headdress, holding standard and tusk, at feet to left, lion with captured bull, I to left. Mintmark PKΔ.
References: RIC VI Carthage 26b; Sear 14336.
Diameter: 27.5mm, Weight: 9.462g.
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EB0931 Alexander / Eagle2 viewsPtolemy III 246-221 BC, AE 25, Alexandria Mint.
Obverse: Head of Alexander right, wearing elephant skin headdress, horn of Ammon and aegis.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOY BASILEOS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head right, E between legs.
References: Cf. Svoronos 977 (head left).
Diameter: 25mm, Weight: 11.29g.
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EB0933 Ptolemy III, Alexander / Eagle3 viewsPtolemy III 246-221 BC, AE 23, Alexandria mint.
Obverse: Bust of Alexander in elephants skin.
Reverse: Eagle standing left on thunderbolt.
References:
Diameter: 22mm, Weight: 9.32g.
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Egypt , Ptolemaic Kingdom: Ptolemy III / AE Obol.20 viewsAE Obol. Alexandria Mint , between 246-222 BC. 11 Gr.

Obverse: Deified head of Alexander the Great right, wearing elephant skin.
Reverse: Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head right, cornucopia over shoulder; E between legs.
References: Svoronos 976; SNG Copenhagen 232. Super Rare.
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EGYPT - Ptolemy I14 viewsEGYPT - Ptolemy I ( 305-285 BC) AE Denomination C (20 mm). Obv.: Alexander head in elephant skin. Rev.: Eagle faces left, head let, wings open; PI/EPSILON momogram in field left; ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ Reference: Svoronos 220. dpaul7
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EGYPT - Ptolemy II Philadelphos76 viewsEGYPT - Ptolemy II Philadelphos (285-246 B.C.) Year Δ (267 BC) Bronze Denomination E. Obv.: Horned head of deified Alexander in elephant headdress right; dotted border. Rev.: ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ on left, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ on right. Eagle with spread wings standing left on thunderbolt, head left. Dotted border. Central depression on reverse. Delta between legs. References: SV-439; SNG Cop. 158. dpaul7
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Egypt, Alexandria28 viewsPtolemy VIII
145-116BC
AE24, 15.06G
SNG COP-334
Head of Alexander in elephant scalp
Eagle standing left on thunderbolt

ex Don Doswell collection
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Egypt, Alexandria42 viewsPTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy II Philadelphos. 285-246 BC. Æ Alexandreia mint. Struck circa 260 BC. Deified head of Alexander the Great right, wearing elephant skin headdress / Eagle standing left on thunderbolt.ecoli
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Egypt, Alexandria, 032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), AE-Drachm, G-1034, D-1610, L IE, Hadrian and Alexandria,62 viewsEgypt, Alexandria, 032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), AE-Drachm, G-1034, D-1610, L IE, Hadrian and Alexandria,
avers:- AΥT KAI TPAIA AΔPIA CEB, Laureate draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- L IE, Hadrian standing togate left with sceptre, greeted by Alexandria in elephant-skin headdress.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: mm, weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 130-131 A.D., Year (IE)15., ref: Geissen-1034, Dattari-1610, Kapmann-Ganschow-32.509-p-138, BMC 869,
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Egypt, Alexandria, AD 068/069, Galba36 viewsGalba
Egypt, Alexandria
Billon-Tetradrachme, year2, AD 68-69
Obv.: ΣEPOYI ΓAΛBA AYTO KAIΣ ΣEBA, Laureate head right LB=year2
Rev.: AΛEΞANΔPEA, Draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant's skin; simpulum before.
Billon, 12.79g, 24.3mm
Köln 226; Dattari 301; Milne 348; Emmett 170; RPC I 5341
Ex dionysos numismatik
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Egypt, Alexandria, AD 096/097, Nerva18 viewsNerva
Alexandria
Billon-Tetradrachm
Obv.: AVT NEPOVAΣ KAIΣ ΣEB, Laureate bust right.
Rev.: L - A=year 1 (96/97), Alexandria with elephant headdress
Billon, 12.43g, 26mm.
Ref.: Dattari 630, Kampmann/Ganschow 26.3
Ex Dionysos Numismatik
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Egypt, Alexandria, AD 110/111, Trajan, Quadriga of elephants23 viewsTrajan
Egypt, Alexandria
Æ Drachm
Obv.: Laureate bust right, with slight drapery and aegis, AVT TPAIAN CEB ΓEPM ΔAKIK
Rev.: Emperor, holding palm and scepter, driving quadriga of elephants, L IΔ (14)
Ae, 35mm, 23.68 g, 12h
Ref.: Köln 551, Dattari 766
Ex-CNG
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Egypt, Alexandria, Ptolemy II. Philadelphos, (281-246 B.C.), Svoronos 451, E, 3rd. Series, AE-20, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, #181 viewsEgypt, Alexandria, Ptolemy II. Philadelphos, (281-246 B.C.), Svoronos 451, E, 3rd. Series, AE-20, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, #1
avers: Head of Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress.
reverse: ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟY ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings open, E monogram between legs.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20,0mm, weight: 6,58g, axes: 0h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 265 B.C., ref: Svoronos 451, E, 3rd. Series,
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Egypt, Alexandria; Hadrian28 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD, bronze drachm of 33.8 mm, 23.41 grams. Struck at the mint of Alexandria in Egypt. Dated RY 15 (AD 130/1).

Obverse: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.

Reverse: Hadrian standing left, holding scepter, greeted by Alexandria, clad in elephant skin headdress, chiton, and peplos, holding two grain ears and kissing Hadrian’s extended hand; L IE (date) across field.

Reference: Köln 1034; Dattari (Savio) 1610; K&G 32.509

Struck to commemorate the emperor’s visit to Alexandria in AD 130. It was during this visit that Hadrian’s favorite, the Bithynian youth Antinous, drowned in the Nile.


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Egypt, Alexandria; Nero34 viewsNERO AR billon silver tetradrachm. ROMAN EGYPT NERW KLAV KAIS SEB GER, radiate bust right, wearing aegis.
Reverse - AVTOKPA, draped bust of Alexandria right in elephant skin headdress, LIB to right. Struck at Alexandria, year 12. (65-66 AD).
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Egypt, Alexandria; Nero52 viewsEGYPT, Alexandria. Nero. 54-68 AD. AR Tetradrachm, Dated RY 12 (65/6 AD). NERW KLAU [KAIS] SE[B G]ER, radiate bust right, wearing aegis / AVTO-[KR]A, draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant's skin headdress; LIB to right. Köln 172; Dattari 204; Milne 238; BMC Alexandria 163; Emmett 109.ecoli
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Egypt, Alexandria; Nero45 viewsNero, 54-68 AD

The traditional portrait of Nero's dissolute life derives at least in part from the years which fallowed soon after his accession; the attraction of Poppaea Sabina who was married first to Rufrius Crispinus end then to Otho (himself a close friend of Nero), may have had same connection with the divorce, exile, and murder of Nero's first wife, Octavia, Claudius' daughter. Poppaea became Nero's mistress in 58 A.D., and the next year Agrippina herself was murdered, with Nero's knowledge. In 62 AD, appeared a counselor, Gaius Ofonius Tigellinus, who had been exiled in 39 A.D. by Caius for adultery with Agrippina, but who returned to find favor with Nero and a post for himself as praetorian prefect, from which position he exerted a further degenerating influence on Nero.

Egypt, Alexandria, Nero, 54-68 AD, Billon Tetradrachm, 65/66 AD. Obv.: Radiate head r. Rev.: LIB, bust Alexandria in elephant’s skin r. BMC 163/64.
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Egypt, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, SV416 variant38 viewsAlexandria mint, Ptolemy II Philadelphos c 260 B.C. AE, 23mm 8.41g, SV416 variant
O: Head of Alexander right, wearing elephant skin headdress
R: ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, uncertain control mark
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Egyptian Bronze Ptolemy II9 viewsA Ptolemaic Egyptian bronze coin of Ptolemy II, minted in Alexandria in 282 BC. 20mm, 7.8g.

Obverse: Alexander wearing elephant trunk headdress.

Reverse: an eagle with spread wings facing left, with the inscription BASILEWS [PTOLEMAIOY] = "[Coin] of King [Ptolemy]", and a hard to see oval shield and small monogram at the left. There's also a delta between the eagle's legs,

Attribution: Svoronos 565
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Elephant549 viewsJulius Caesar denarius; Crawford 443/1; RSC 49; Van Meter 42 commentsGhengis_Jon
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Elephant301 viewsAntoninus 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
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Elephant125 viewsPhilip 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.

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Elephant on a Julius Caesar denarius457 viewsDenarius 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 RIDER. FIRE GOD. KUSHAN21 viewsELEPHANT RIDER. KUSHAN EMPIRE. KING HUVISKA. BACTRIAN

Elephant Rider
Bactrian Legend, Kushan Empire
King Huviska 126 to 164 A.D.

Rev:

Athsho - The Fire God
Four Pronged Tamgha - In Left Field

Copper Tetradrachm = four Drachms
Reference: Similar Mitchner ACW 3289
see this link:
http://www.grifterrec.com/coins/kushan/kushan5.html
Large Heavy Copper Module
weight: 15.1 Grams; Size: 24 MM
Condition: Looks Very Good
2599
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ELEPHANT RIDER. FIRE GOD. KUSHAN.72 viewsELEPHANT RIDER. KUSHAN EMPIRE. KING HUVISKA. BACTRIAN

Elephant Rider
Bactrian Legend, Kushan Empire
King Huviska 126 to 164 A.D.

Rev:

Athsho - The Fire God
Four Pronged Tamgha - In Left Field

Copper Tetradrachm = four Drachms
Reference: Similar Mitchner ACW 3289
see this link:
http://www.grifterrec.com/coins/kushan/kushan5.html
Large Heavy Copper Module
weight: 15.1 Grams; Size: 24 MM
Condition: Looks Very Good
2599
Antonio Protti
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Elephant, complete with wrinkles537 viewsObv:– 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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Elephants, Divus Augustus Sestertius237 viewsObv.
DIVO AVGVSTO S P Q R
Statue of the deified Augusts riding left in Quadriga pulled by four elephants, who each have their own mahout

Rev.
TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST P M TR POT XXXVI
Large SC

Struck by Tiberius 34-35 A.D. in honour of the deified Augustus
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Emmett 0252 - Domitian drachm , Domitian in quadriga of elephants35 viewsDomitian Egypt, Alexandria. AE Drachm, year 15 (96 / 96 AD). 40 mm / 35.80 gm
Laureate bust right. / Domitian in quadriga right, drawn by four elephants, holding branch. Nike flying right above. LIE in exergue. D 462-463 E 252.15 (R1) G 411 K 24.234
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Emmett 0601 - Trajan AE34 Alexandria, Egypt, Triptolemos in serpent biga31 viewsEGYPT, Alexandria. Trajan. L IB = Year 12 (108/9 AD). Æ Drachm (16,1 gm, 34mm). Laureate, draped bust right / Triptolemos, wearing elephant's skin headdress, riding right in serpent drawn biga. BMC 408, Emmett 601.12, Kampmann-Ganschow 27.196 mattpat
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Emmett 0964 - Hadrianus Alexandria drachm, Emperor w. Alexandria 22 viewsEGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian. 117-138 AD. Æ Drachm (35mm, 23.4 gm). Dated regnal year 15 (130/1 AD). AVT KAI TPAI APIA CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / Hadrian standing left, togate, holding sceptre, greeted by Alexandria, clad in elephant's skin headdress, chiton, and peplos, holding two grain ears in her left hand, and kissing Hadrian's extended right hand; L-IE (date) below. Köln 1034; Dattari 1610; Milne 1315; BMC Alexandria pg. 101, 869; Emmett 964.15; K/G 32.509 mattpat
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Emmett 0966 - Hadrianus drachm, emperor in quadriga greeted by Alexandria33 viewsEGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian. 117-138 AD. Æ Drachm (25.09 gm). Dated RY 15 (130/1 AD). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Adventus: Emperor in quadriga walking right, being greeted by Alexandria wearing elephant headdress; date in exergue. Köln 1037; Dattari 1595; Milne 1314; Emmett 966(15). K32.510 mattpat
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Faustina Senior34 viewsDiva Faustina Senior. Died AD 140/1. Æ Sestertius (33.5mm, 22.69 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Antoninus Pius, circa AD 146-161. Draped bust right, wearing pearls bound on top of her head / AETERNITAS, S C in exergue, Faustina, holding scepter, seated right in carpentum drawn right by two elephants, which are ridden and led by mahouts. RIC III 1112 (Pius); Banti 26 (same dies as illustration). Fine, rough, green patina. Very rare with elephants right. Banti reports 13 examples with carpentum drawn left by two elephants, but only one example with carpentum drawn right.1 commentsecoli
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1113, sestertius of AD 147-161 (elephant chariot)42 viewsÆ Sestertius (28.64g, Ø36mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 147-161.
Obv.: DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust of Diva Faustina Maior facing right with hair waived and curled on top.
Rev.: AETERNITAS (from left to top) S C(in ex.), Faustina as Cybele seated left holding a sceptre, seated on top of a triumphal chariot drawn left by two elephants with riders.
RIC (A. Pius) 1113 (rare); BMCRE 1503; Cohen 57 (40 fr.); Strack 1256; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-1) 25 (13 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4611
ex Numphil
Struck on medallic flan.

Commemorating the funeral of Faustina in A.D. 141
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1140, Sestertius of AD 14250 viewsÆ Sestertius (25.74g, Ø31mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 142.
Obv.: DIVA AVGVSTA FAVSTINA, veiled and draped bust of Diva Faustina Maior facing right
Rev.: EX·S·C·(in ex.), Statue of Faustina, holding grain ears, seated on top of a triumphal chariot drawn by two elephants with riders.
RIC (A. Pius) 1140 (rare); BMCRE 1435; Cohen 202 (25 fr.); Strack 685 (3 collections for veiled bust type); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-1) 71 (6 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4627; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 125:25b
ex CNG 85 lot 918 (2010)

Commemorating the funeral of Faustina in A.D. 141
1 commentsCharles S
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Fouree Denarius of Trajan, ARAB ATQ38 viewsImitating RIC 245, but with an interesting different legend.
Obv: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIAN GOER (?) DAC
(RIC 245 has IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P)
Rev: SPOR OPTIMO PRINCIPI - ARAB ATQ
18mm, 2.93g

Ok, what do we have here?
- ARAB ATQ: The engraver has a d/t-problem.
- Legends do not match.
- The coin is undated.
- He forgot AVG.
- NERVAE requires TRAIANO.
- If I am correct in reading "GOER", is that the actual pronunciation in ancient times? Even today in the English "Germany" it has an oe/ö-sound, whereas in German we pronounce it with an "e" like in "elephant".
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France feudal Le Puy13 views Obv. Knobbed cross, dot between two arms
Rev. Six arm knobbed cross

Crude but a great elephant in the room
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Galba, Alexandria, Billon-Tetradrachme, year2, AD 68-6929 viewsObv.: ΣEPOYI ΓAΛBA AYTO KAIΣ ΣEBA, Laureate head right LB=year2
Rev.: AΛEΞANΔPEA, Draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant's skin; simpulum before.
Billon, 23mm, 12.7 grams
Köln 226; Dattari 301; Milne 348; Emmett 170; RPC I 5341
1 commentsCanaan
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Galerius Follis32 viewsGalerius AE28 Follis. c 298 AD. MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, laureate head right / FELIX ADVENT AVGG N N, Africa standing facing, head left, in long drapery with elephant-skin headdress, holding standard & tusk, at feet to left, lion with captured bull .

RIC 26b
Tanit
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Galerius RIC VI, Carthago 26(b)83 viewsGalerius AD 305 - 311
AE - Follis, 11.36g, 28.5mm
Carthago 4th officina, c. AD 298
obv. MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES
laureate head r.
rev. FELIX A - D - VENT AVGG NN
Africa stdg. facing, head l., in long drapery with elephant-skin head-dress, r.
holding standard, l. tusk; at feet to l., lion with captured bull.
in l. field: I
exergue: PK Delta
RIC VI, Carthago 26(b)
VF
added to www.wildwinds.com
2 commentsJochen
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GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Demetrios I, ca. 195-175 BC AE Trichalkon - Bopearachchi Series 5E452 viewsElephant head right, bell around neck / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY Caduceus, ΦΛΩ monogram to inner left
Bopearachchi Series 5E; SNG ANS 209-11; Mitchiner 108b; Sear 7533.
(25 mm, 12.28 g, 12h)
2 commentsLloyd T
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GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Demetrios I, ca. 195-175 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Bopearachchi Series 1C691 viewsDiademed and draped bust of Demetrios right, wearing elephant skin head dress. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY (of King Demetrios). Herakles standing facing, crowning himself, holding club and lion skin; PK monogram to inner left
Bopearachchi Series 1C; SNG ANS 187; Mitchiner 103d; Qunduz 28-33; Sear 7526.
(33 mm,16.68 g, 12h)
ex-CNG

At 33mm diameter this is a big coin, for an undoubtedly big man, despite him scoring only two sentences of mention in the surviving ancient written historical record.
16 commentsLloyd T
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GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Demetrious I Aniketos - Tetradrachm204 viewsObv: Within a circular dotted border, Diademed and draped bust of Demetrios right, wearing elephant skin head dress.

Rev: Herakles standing facing, crowning himself, holding club and lion skin; PK monogram to inner left; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY (of King Demetrios) written in Greek on either side.

Bopearachchi Series 1C; SNG ANS 187; Mitchiner 103d; Qunduz 28-33; Sear 7526.


At 35mm and weighing nearly 17g, this specimen is one of the best extant examples with a huge flan size complete with dotted border.
4 commentsmitresh
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GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy II, Alexander in Elephantskin258 viewsAE25 12.83gm 12h
Ptolemy II ca 270-260BC
Sidon Provincial Mint - Obol
Svoronos 763
Unusually nice condition and portrait style for the Alexander-in-Elephantskin type. Wear ordinarily obscures the Ammon horn which here is visible through the skin headdress. Unusual type that appears to conform to post-260BC weight categories but lacks central depressions, a bit of a conundrum in this type.
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Greek, Seleucia in Pieria, Antiochos IV & Laodike IV32 viewsAE 16.6x17.3mm serrate
Obv. Head of Laodike IV right, veiled;
monogram behind neck.
Rev. BASILEWS ANTIOXOU. Head of elephant left with upraised trunk; bow of galley at right. Monogram above trunk. Dotted borders.

Minted at Seleucia in Pieria,
ca. 175-164 BC
Laodike IV was both Antiochos IV' s wife and his sister.
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Greek, Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos IV; Laodike IV and elephant20 viewsAE 15.5x16.6mm serrategparch
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Greek, Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos IV; Laodike IV and elephant16 viewsAE 16.6x16.8mm serrategparch
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Greek, Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos IV; Laodike IV and elephant20 viewsAE 15x15.3mm serrategparch
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Greek, Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos IV; Laodike IV and elephant15 viewsAE 15.1x15.4mm serrate
Uncleaned coin
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Greek, Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos IV; Laodike IV and elephant21 viewsAE 16.5x16.7mm serrategparch
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Greek, Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos IV; Laodike IV and elephant24 viewsAE 14.2x15.5mm
Obv. Head of Laodike IV right, veiled,
monogram at left, dotted border.
Rev. BASILEWS ANTIOXOU
Head of elephant left, trunk raised;
prow of galley at right, monogram above trunk;
dotted border.
Mint: Seleucia in Pieria
175-164 BC
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Greek, Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos IV; Laodike IV and elephant19 viewsAE 16.6x17.3mm serrate
Obv. Head of Laodike IV right, veiled.
Monogram at left. Dotted border
Rev. BASILEWS ANTIOXOU
Head of elephant left, trunk raised.
Prow of Galley at right. Delta above trunk.
Mint: Seleucia in Pieria
175-164 BC
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GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Antochos IV; Laodike IV and elephant19 viewsAE 15.2x16.4mm serrate
Obv. Head of Laodike IV right,
monogram at left, dotted border.
Rev. BASILEWS ANTIOXOU
Head of elephant left, trunk raised,
prow of galley at right, monogram above trunk.
Mint: Seleucia in Pieria
Houghton, Coins of the Seleucid Empire #113
175-164 BC
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GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleucia in Pieria, Antiochos IV & Laodike IV, AE1647 viewsAE 15.8x16.5mm serrate
Obv. Head of Laodike IV right, veiled, monogram to left, dotted border.
Rev. BASILEWS ANTIOXOU. Head of elephant left, trunk raised; prow of galley at right, monogram above trunk; dotted border.
Mint: Seleucia in Pieria, 175-164 BC.

Laodike IV was both the wife and sister of Antiochus !V.
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HADRIAN73 viewsAR denarius. 134-138 AD. 3,4 grs. Laureate, draped bust right. HADRIANVS AVG COS III / Africa reclining left, wearing elephant skin headdress, holding scorpion and cornucopia; basket containing grain ears and poppy at feet. AFRICA.
RIC 299(f). RSC 141 b. C 141.

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HADRIAN32 viewsAR denarius. 134-138 AD. 3,4 grs. Laureate, draped bust right. HADRIANVS AVG COS III / Africa reclining left, wearing elephant skin headdress, holding scorpion and cornucopia; basket containing grain ears and poppy at feet. AFRICA.
RIC 299(f). RSC 141 b. C 141.

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Hadrian - Africa130 viewsObverse: AVG COS III PP, laureate head right.
Reverse: Africa, wearing elephant trunk on head, reclining left, holding scorpion and cornucopiae and resting left elbow on rock, a basket of corn in front
Mint : Rome
Date : 134-138 AD
Reference : RIC II 299; RSC 140
Grade : VF
Weight : 3.5g
Denom : Denarius
Metal : Silver
Acquired: 17/06/04

Comments : This issue commemorates Hadrian's travels to Africa in 128 AD. He was the first Emperor to visit Africa. Not to be confused with Mauretania, which he visited in 123 9where he personally oversaw a revolt in this troublesome area). When he went to Africa it rained on his arrival for the first time in the space of five years, and for this he was beloved by the Africans. Hadrian heaped benefactions upon the province and numerous fortresses and military roads were built in Africa.
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Hadrian / Africa denarius49 viewsHADRIAN, AD 134-138
AR Denarius
18 mm, 3.53 gm, 6h
Rome
Obv: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right
Rev: AFRICA, Africa with elephant skin headdress, reclining on rock, holding scorpion and cornucopia, basket of fruit before her.
Ref: RIC 299
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Hadrian denarius70 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
laureate head right

AFRICA
Africa reclining left, wearing elephant scalp headdress, scorpion in right, cornucopia in left, basket of grain before her at feet

Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D

3.06g

RSC II 138, RIC II 299, BMCRE III 816, Sear 3459

Part of Hadrian's "travel series"

Sold to Forum 2015
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Hadrian Denarius 134-38 AD Africa reclining eastern mint33 viewsReference
cf RIC 299; Strack --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P.
Laureate head right

Rev. AFRICA
Africa reclining left, wearing elephant-skin headdress and holding scorpion and cornucopia, basket of fruits at her feet

2.42 gr
20 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki
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HADRIAN RESTITVTORI AFRICAE36 viewsHADRIAN. 117-138 AD. Æ As (26mm, 8.73 gm). Struck 134-138 AD. Laureate and draped bust right / RESTITVTORI AFRICAE, Hadrian standing left, holding roll, raising kneeling Africa, who wears an elephant's skin headdress and holds two grain ears; three grain ears growing between. RIC II 942; BMCRE 1793 var. (bare-headed and draped bust right); Cohen 1227. Near VF, dark green patina.

From the Rudolf Berk Collection.
Bolayi
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Hadrian, Restoration Africa60 viewsObverse: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head of Hadrian right
Reverse: RESTITVTORI AFRICAE Hadrian standing r. raising kneeling Africa, who wears elephant-skin headdress and holds wheat ears, while two further wheat stalks spring from the ground before her
Mint : Rome
Date : AD 132
Reference : BM-874, C-1229 (5 Fr.), RIC-323
Grade : VF
Weight : 3.37g
Denom : Denarius
Metal : Silver
Acquired: 2/02/05
Comments : Hadrian is normally shown facing left on the reverse, this coin has him facing right.
2 commentsBolayi
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Hadrian, RIC 941, Sestertius of AD 135-138 (Restitutori Africae)64 viewsÆ Sestertius (24.9g, Ø33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 135-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P laureate draped bust of Hadrian facing left.
Rev.: RESTITVTORI AFRICAE (around) S C (in ex.), Hadrian, togate, standing left, holding roll in left hand and extending right hand to raise up kneeling Africa extending her right hand to him; Africa wears elephant trunk head-dress and holds corn ears in her left hand; in the centre, corn ears growing.
RIC 941(R); Cohen 1228; Strack 769; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 117:80
ex Mike R. Vosper

This issue refers to Hadrian's visit to Africa in AD 128, where he passed laws to stimulate agriculture.
Charles S
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hhj8.26.53.0111 viewsElagabalus
Nicopolis

Obv: AVT M AVP ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head right.
Rev: NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICT →PON, elephant standing right
18 mm, 3.10 gms

Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov 8.26.53.1
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IBERIA, Carthago Nova, Quarter shekel39 viewsStruck after 221 B.C.
The description for this coin is quite interesting, as has been discussed on this forum. Most descriptions doubt whether this was a person of importance on the coin, however, the ancient puncture holes seem to suggest a possibility that the coin may have been worn by a political supporter of this person. If this is indeed a real person of power, it could be a Barcid or even Hannibal himself.
Rev. Elephant walking r.
Weight: 1.7 g Diameter: 14 mm
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III-HADRIANUS -a- Denar RIC II/29929 viewsAv) HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP
Bare head left

Rv) AFRICA
Africa with Elephanthat reclining left, holding scorpion and cornucopiae; in front there is a basekt with fruits

Weight: 3,3g; Ø: 18mm; Reference: RIC II/299; ROME mint; struck: 134 A.D. - 138 A.D.
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III-HADRIANUS -a- Denar RIC II/32228 viewsAv) HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP
Laureate head right

Rv) RESTITVTORI AFRICAE
Emperor dressed with toga standing to the left, raises kneeling Africa, who carries elephant cap, and carring corn-ears, between them corn-ears are growing, too

Weight: 3,4g; Ø: 19mm; Reference: RIC II/322, Rome mint, struck: 134 A.D. - 138 A.D.
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III-HADRIANUS -a/1- Sestertius RIC II/840 var45 viewsAv) HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP
Laureate, draped bust right

Rv) AFRICA SC
Africa, carring elephants cap reclining to the left, holding cornucopiae and corn ears putting ellbow on a rock

Weight: 26,1g; Ø: 32mm; Reference: RIC II/841;
ROME mint: struck: 134 A.D. - 138 A.D.
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INDIA - Mauryan Empire11 viewsINDIA - Post-Mauryan Empire - Sunga Period (185-73 BCE). Obverse: Elephant, triangle standars, swastika, taurine symbol. Reverse: Three arched hill, hollow cross, railed tree, taurine symbol. 15x16 mm. Reference: MACW: #4297-4302, attributed by Mitchiner to the Mauryan-Sunga period.dpaul7
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INDIA - Mysore - (1734-66) - Left Face Elephant - Copper Kasu coin - 2.65gm25 viewsINDIA, KINGDOM of MYSORE, Devaloy Devaraja (1731-61), regent for Immadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar II (1734-66) Copper kasu, Elephant type, with crescent. CHOICE! Obverse Elephant left, crescent above, all within ruled and dotted borders
Reverse Criss-cross lines, with circles in the empty squares.
Date c. mid-18th century
Weight 2.83 gm.
Diameter 11-13 mm.
Die axis n.a.
Reference MNI 963, KM 153
Comments This coin, with its reverse of criss-cross lines, probably was issued at the same time as the Kannada numeral series. The crescent above the elephant may be thought to be the moon, but this is unlikely, given its inverted shape. More likely, it represents the Kananda nnumeral 1. A CHOICE specimen!
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INDIA, INDO-GREEK, Apollodotus I Soter, AR Drachm49 viewsAn ancient silver square drachm of King Apollodotus I Soter ("Saviour") struck 174 - 165 B.C.
The obverse with elephant advancing right.
The reverse with Zebu bull standing right.
Diameter: 18 mm Weight: 2.35 g
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INDIA, Indo-Greek, Apollodotus I Soter, AR Hemidrachm, c.180 - 160 BC16 viewsObverse: Elephant standing right.
Reverse: Humped bull standing right.

Apollodotus was not the first to strike bilingual coins outside Bactria, but he was the first king who ruled in India only, and therefore the founder of the proper Indo-Greek kingdom. He was one of the generals of Demetrius I of Bactria, the Greco-Bactrian king who invaded northwestern India after 180 BC. The coinage of Apollodotus is found mainly in the provinces of Punjab, Sindh and Gujarat, indicating the southern limit of the Indo-Greek expansion in India.
Franz-Josef M
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INDIA, Kushan-Kanishka-MIIPO64 viewsKushan, Kanishka I, Gold Dinar, 7.96g, 20mm, MIIPO (Mithra) or Sun God type

Obv: Kanishka standing, wearing a flat cap, clad in heavy Kushan coat and long boots, sword at waist, flames emanating from shoulders, holding standard in his left hand, and making a sacrifice over an altar with right hand holding what looks like a shortened elephant goad. Kushan-language legend in Greek script (with the addition of the Kushan Ϸ "sh" letter): ϷΑΟ ΝΑΝΟ ϷΑΟ ΚΑΝΗϷΚΙ ΚΟϷΑΝΟ ("Shao nano shao Kanishki Koshano"):"King of Kings, Kanishka the Kushan". The legend starts circular from the left at 7 'o' clock (near the kings right feet), breaks at 12 'o' clock and continues at 1 'o' clock ending at the kings left feet at 5 'o' clock.

Rev: Deity MIIPO ie Mithra, radiate and nimbate, holding club in left hand with right hand extended, and wearing a thin transparent gown, kushan tamgha to the left, all within a circular dotted border. Mithra (or Mithras) is the Zoroastrian divinity (yazata) of covenant and oath. In addition to being the divinity of contracts, Mithra is also a judicial figure, an all-seeing protector of Truth, and the guardian of cattle, the harvest and of The Waters. Also associated with Sun God.
1 commentsmitresh
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India, Mauryan Empire, cast AE28 viewsMauryan Empire, c. 200 B.C. cast AE, 16mm 1.35g, internet ref.
O: Elephant and Symbols
R: Symbols
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India, Mauryan empire, drachm39 viewsMauryan empire, c. 4th-2nd century B.C. AR, 19mm 3.35g, internet ref.
O: Multiple and various punches, sun, elephant, various
R: punched symbols
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India, Mysore29 viewsIndia, Independent Kingdoms- Mysore
1750 AD
Anonymous; Gold Fanam; .32g; 7mm

Ornate elephant with howdah

crossed lines (anonymous)

I love this tiny elephant.
1 commentsRobin Ayers
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INDIA, Mysore, Tipu Sultan, 1782-17993 viewsÆ 1 Paisa, 18mm, 5.6g, 12h; Patan mint.
Obv.: Elephant right, 1 above.
Rev.: Zarb Patan (Minted in Patan), 1221 (= AD 1792/3).
Reference: Taylor, George. The Coins of Tipu Sultan. Plate 2, #6.
16-337-35
John Anthony
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INDIA, Mysore, Tipu Sultan, 1782-17999 viewsÆ 1/2 Paisa, 16x19mm, 5.4g, 12h; Bangalore mint, AD 1790/1
Obv.: Elephant right, date above: 1218 (Mauludi Calendar).
Rev.: Zarb Bangalore on a field ornamented with dotted rosettes, within a circle; dotted border.
Reference: Henderson 368, p. 89, same dies.
John Anthony
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INDIA, Sunga Empire. AE 1/2 Karshapana 150 - 100 A.D.7 viewsIndia. Sunga Empire. AE 1/2 Karshapana 150 - 100 A.D. Elephant left / cross left, 3 arched hill, crescent above, railed tree right.

Mitchiner 4381v
oneill6217
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INDIA, Yadavas of Devagiri-Mahadeva-Padmatanka51 viewsYadavas of Devagiri, Mahadeva, Gold Padmatanka, 4 punches, 3.74g

Central punch of an eight-petalled Lotus flower, hence called Padma Tanka, with additional 4-punches around commencing from 12 'O' clock, "Mahadeva" (in Nagari script, with a spear below the name), "Sri", "Conch" and "Sri".

The central punch on the 'Padmatanka' coins represents a Lotus flower (Padma = Lotus, Tanka = Stamp or Punch) with its 8 outstretched petals representing "Asthlakshmi" or the eight primary forms of the Goddess Lakshmi viz. Adi (One with Supreme), Dhanya (Harvest), Dhairya (Inner Strength and Patience), Gaja (Elephant - wisdom), Santan (Child), Vijay (Victory), Dhana (Wealth) and Vidya (Knowledge). "Sri" is both an honorary epithet used before a name, especially that of a ruler, as well as refers to Laxmi, Goddess of Wealth. The "conch" symbol is usually associated with the God Vishnu, of whom Laxmi is the consort. By placing his name alongside the various attributes/symbols of the Gods, the King is invoking a symbolic parallelism of his right to rule with the blessings of the Gods as the King's name "Mahadeva" translates as 'The Great God or Lord".
mitresh
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India. Independent Kingdom of Mysore. Haidar Ali A.H. 1174 - 1197 / A.D. 1761 - 1782. Copper Paisa ND. 15 viewsIndia. Independent Kingdom of Mysore. Haidar Ali A.H. 1174 - 1197 / A.D. 1761 - 1782. Copper Paisa ND. Elephant charging right / Rosettes.

KM A-123
oneill6217
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India. Princely States. Mysore. Devloy Devaraja 1731 - 1761 A.D. Copper Kasu (ND).23 viewsIndia. Princely States. Mysore. Devloy Devaraja 1731 - 1761 A.D. Copper Kasu (ND). Elephant left, crescent above / crosshatch design with circles in empty squares.

KM 152-3
oneill6217
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India. Sunga Empire. AE 1/2 Karshapana 150 - 100 A.D.21 viewsIndia. Sunga Empire. AE 1/2 Karshapana 150 - 100 A.D. Elephant left, symbol / Cross left, three arched hill, crescent above & railed tree right.

Mitchiner ACW 4381
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INDO-GREEK KINGDOM, MENANDER I. Ca. 165/55-130 B.C. AE unit 12 x 12 mm11 viewsINDO-GREEK KINGDOM, MENANDER I. Ca. 165/55-130 B.C.
Obv. BASILEWS SWTHPOS MENAND[POY], head of elephant right, wearing bell around neck.
Rev. "Maharajasa tratarasa Menamdrasa" in Kharosthi, club of Herakles upward; in left field, monogram; in right field.
Lee S
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Indo-Greek, Baktria: Apollodotos I Drachm (Bopearachchi-4F; SNG ANS 328-336)47 viewsObv: Sacred elephant with decorative belt and Greek legend - ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΠΟΛΛΟΔΟΤΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ
Rev: Bull with Kharoshti legend - MAHARAJASA TRATARASA APALADATASA
1 commentsSpongeBob
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Indo-Greeks, Baktrian: Lysias Aniketos (130-125 BC) Hemi-obol (BOP-8A; SNG-ANS 1041; MACW-1838)33 viewsObv: Bust of Herakles right, with club over shoulder
Rev: Elephant right; monogram and Σ below
SpongeBob
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Indo-Scythian - Azes I (58-12 BCE)19 viewsMetal/Size: AR 24 mm; Weight: 9.6 grams; Denomination: Tetradrachm; Mint: Uncertain Mint in Western Gandhara Region; Date: 58-15 BCE; Obverse: King on horseback riding right, wearing cataphractus and holding whip or according to Hoover an elephant goad - 'BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MAΓAΛOΥ AZOΥ' (King of Kings Azes the Great). Reverse: Diademed Zeus standing right holding scepter and making benediction gesture, monogram left, Kharosthi letter "SI"- 'Maharajasa rajarajasa mahatasa Ayasa' (in Kharosthi). References: Hoover #638; ISCH 2 #99T; Mitchiner, vol. 6, p. 54, type.museumguy
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Indo-Scythian - Azes I (58-12 BCE)15 viewsMetal/Size: AR 15 mm; Weight: 2.37 grams; Denomination: Drachm; Mint: Uncertain Mint in Western Gandhara Region; Date: 58-15 BCE; Obverse: King on horseback riding right, wearing cataphractus and holding whip or according to Hoover an elephant goad - 'BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MAΓAΛOΥ AZOΥ' (King of Kings Azes the Great). Reverse: Zeus Nikephoros standing left, holding Nike and scepter - Kharoshthi letter dhram right. References: Senior #105var.museumguy
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Indo-Scythian - Azes I (58-12 BCE)17 viewsMetal/Size: AR 15 mm; Weight: 2.19 grams; Denomination: Drachm; Mint: Uncertain Mint in Western Gandhara Region; Date: 58-12 BCE; Obverse: King on horseback riding right, wearing cataphractus and holding whip or according to Hoover an elephant goad - 'BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MAΓAΛOΥ AZOΥ' (King of Kings Azes the Great) - Kharoshthi letter to right. Reverse: Zeus Nikephoros standing left, holding Nike and scepter - Kharoshthi symbols to left and right. References: Senior #105var.museumguy
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Indo-Scythian - Azes I (58-12 BCE)13 viewsMetal/Size: AR 23 mm; Weight: 9.6 grams; Denomination: Tetradrachm; Mint: Uncertain Mint in Western Gandhara Region; Date: Probably struck under Vijayamitra c. 12 BC to AD 15; Obverse: King on horseback riding right, wearing cataphractus and holding elephant goad - 'BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MAΓAΛOΥ AZOΥ' (King of Kings Azes the Great). Reverse: Kharoshthi letters surround (Maharajasa rajadirajasa mahatmas Ayasa (of Great King, King of Kings Azes the Great) - Pallas Athena standing right holding spear and shield and making benediction gesture. Nandipada and Kharoshthi letter to left. Monogram to right. Legends generally corrupt. References: Hoover P. 253, #716; ISCH 2. 175.10-405T; Senior #98v; MIG #847d.museumguy
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Indo-Skythians, Azes.24 viewsIndo-Skythians, Azes. 58-12 BC. Three AR Drachma (a. 2.33 gm, b. 2.28 gm, c. 2.23 gm). Armored king on horseback r. holding elephant goad. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩN ΜEΓAΛOY AZOY. Karosthi letter to r. a. ʅ b. ƿ c. ψ. / Zeus Nikephorus stdg l. w/ Nike on arm, holding sceptre. Karosthi legend Maharajasa rajarajasa mahatasa Ayasa (of Great King, King of Kings Azes the Great). ↑ 󰁤 -Hʒ ↘ M-ʒ ← M-ƒ. VF. HGC 655 C; MIG 856, 857a, 857.Christian T
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Indo-Skythians, Azes.21 viewsIndo-Skythians, Azes. 58-12 BC. AR Tetradrachm (9.37 gm). Armored king on horseback r. holding elephant goad. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩN ΜEΓAΛOY AZOY. / Athena stdg r. holding spear & shield, making gesture of benediction. Karosti legend Maharajasa rajarajasa mahatasa Ayasa (of Great King, King of Kings Azes the Great). VF. ISCH 2, 98T; HGC 637 C; MIG 846d.Christian T
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Indo-Skythians, Maues19 viewsIndo-Skythians, Maues. 125-85 BC. AE29 (7.37 gm) of Taxila. Head of elephant r., bell hanging from neck. Reel and pellet border. / Cadeuces of entwined serpents. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ-MAYOY. VF. Mitchener MIG 707, ACW 108b var; HGC 531 S; Sear 7533 var.Christian T
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Indo-Skythians. Azes20 viewsIndo-Skythians, Azes. 58-12 BC. AR Tetradrachm (9.6 gm). Armored king on horseback r. holding elephant goad. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩN ΜEΓAΛOY AZOY / Radiate Zeus-Mithra stdg holding thunderbolt and scepter. Karosti legend Maharajasa rajarajasa mahatasa Ayasa (of Great King, King of Kings Azes the Great). aEF. Pegasi 125 #160. Mitchener ACW 2226, MIG 749e; HGC 626 R2.Christian T
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INDO-SKYTHIANS. Zeionises7 views Indo-Scythian satraps, Zeionises. HGC12-727. Uncertain mint in Chuksa.. Bull to the left, Elephant right.ecoli
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Italy- Forum Romanum- Part of the Forum of Caesar 060 viewsThe Forum of Caesar, in addition to being one of the most evident monuments of self-representation of political power, was constructed as an extension to the Roman Forum. Caesar himself behaved like a greco-oriental sovereign, escorted by a procession of elephants and, against every republican norm, once received the Senate sitting in the center of the temple. The dictator also had placed in front the temple a statue of himself riding Bucefalo, the celebrated horse of Alexander the Great and symbol of absolute power. The Temple of Venus Genetrix, intentionally placed at the end of the piazza was the unifying and conclusive element to the architectural complex. This strict centralized vision corresponded to the ideological function, following the propaganda of the Hellenistic sanctuaries.
The choice of the Forum site is also significant: the future dictator didn't want to be far from the central power, represented in the Curia, seat of the Senate. In fact, not long before Caesar's death, the Senate agreed to reconstruct the Curia on the site.
John Schou
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Italy- Forum Romanum- Part of the Forum of Caesar 152 viewsThe Forum of Caesar, in addition to being one of the most evident monuments of self-representation of political power, was constructed as an extension to the Roman Forum. Caesar himself behaved like a greco-oriental sovereign, escorted by a procession of elephants and, against every republican norm, once received the Senate sitting in the center of the temple. The dictator also had placed in front the temple a statue of himself riding Bucefalo, the celebrated horse of Alexander the Great and symbol of absolute power. The Temple of Venus Genetrix, intentionally placed at the end of the piazza was the unifying and conclusive element to the architectural complex. This strict centralized vision corresponded to the ideological function, following the propaganda of the Hellenistic sanctuaries.
The choice of the Forum site is also significant: the future dictator didn't want to be far from the central power, represented in the Curia, seat of the Senate. In fact, not long before Caesar's death, the Senate agreed to reconstruct the Curia on the site.
John Schou
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Italy- Forum Romanum- Part of the Forum of Caesar and a statue of Ceasar83 viewsThe Forum of Caesar, in addition to being one of the most evident monuments of self-representation of political power, was constructed as an extension to the Roman Forum. Caesar himself behaved like a greco-oriental sovereign, escorted by a procession of elephants and, against every republican norm, once received the Senate sitting in the center of the temple. The dictator also had placed in front the temple a statue of himself riding Bucefalo, the celebrated horse of Alexander the Great and symbol of absolute power. The Temple of Venus Genetrix, intentionally placed at the end of the piazza was the unifying and conclusive element to the architectural complex. This strict centralized vision corresponded to the ideological function, following the propaganda of the Hellenistic sanctuaries.
The choice of the Forum site is also significant: the future dictator didn't want to be far from the central power, represented in the Curia, seat of the Senate. In fact, not long before Caesar's death, the Senate agreed to reconstruct the Curia on the site.
John Schou
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Juba I AE 2884 viewsJuba I (60-46 B.C), AE 28
Obv: Horned head of Amon right.
Rev: Elephant walking right. Above punic legend.

Ref.: SNG COP. 529; Müller, 56; Alexandropoulos, 35.

Rare.
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Juba I billon61 viewsJuba I (60-46 B.C.), Billon 26 mm ,
Obv: Horned head of Amon r.
Rev: Elephant walking to right. Above punic legend.

Ref.: SNG COP. 529; Müller, 56; Alexandropoulos, 35.
Rare.
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Juba II, King of Mauretania (25 BC-23 AD).130 viewsObverse: REX IVBA, diademed head right
Reverse: Elephant walking right
Mint : Carthage
Date : 25 BC-23 AD
Reference : SNG Copenhagen 577; Mazard 1350
Grade : VF
Weight : 3.79g
Denom: Denarius
Metal : Silver

Comments: The elephant is possibly taken from denarius minted by Julius Caesar or Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio both struck during the civil war period ca. 48-46 B.C, both of which showed an elephant and would have been used extensively in Mauritania (N. Africa.)
3 commentsBolayi
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Julius Caesar48 viewsJULIUS CAESAR DICTATOR AR silver denarius. Struck 49-48 BC. CAESAR in exergue, elephant right, trampling on serpent. Reverse - Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat. RCV 1399, RSC 49.
This is the first coin struck in the name of Julius Caesar. The symbolism on the obverse apparently alludes to the conquest of good over evil and/or Caesar's victory over the Gauls, while the reverse refers to Caesar's possession of the office of Pontifex Maximus.


1 commentsSoxfan
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Julius Caesar178 viewsJulius Caesar. 49-48 BC. AR Denarius (19 mm, 3.66 g). Military mint traveling with Caesar.
O: Elephant right, trampling on serpent
R: Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat. - Crawford 443/1; CRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.
Variant type recognized by B. Woytek, in cruder style and with the elephant's two front legs and two back legs virtually parallel with each other.

Julius Caesar and his armies assembled on the banks of the Rubicon River on 10 January 49 BC, ready to invade Italy. Since large quantities of denarii were necessary to pay Caesar's military expenses, the mint traveled with them. This issue was ordered, not by a moneyer, as was usual, but by Julius Caesar himself. In all likelihood, this type was used by Caesar's military forces at least until the decisive battle of Pharsalus.

"It is the inscription CAESAR in the exergue that has led to the modern identification of the elephant as Caesar. But the exergue is the traditional place for the moneyer’s name and Caesar is separated from the field by the ground line. When Hirtius minted, he put his own name there. Presumably the Caesarian message remained the same with or without CAESAR inscribed on the coin. So whatever that message was, it had to be using symbols easily recognized by the people he was speaking to.

The main problem with a Good over Evil interpretation is that the snake was not a symbol of evil in the pagan Roman mind. As for the elephant, the most frequent use of the elephant on coinage had been by the Metelli. Of all the families of Rome they had done more to connect their name with the elephant image than any other family line. And Metellus Scipio himself even used the elephant again (without snake, of course) after Caesar minted his coin.

As others have pointed out, the other side of the coin with the implements of the pontifex maximus makes an unmistakable reference to Caesar with or without the name Caesar. But that also got me to thinking. Why did he want to advertise that position? Simply put, the main concern of the Roman state religion was the Salus of the state, hence it was Caesar’s chief concern as Pontifex Maximus. If the Metellan elephant was trampling on the Salus of the state, it was his duty as Pontifex Maximus to protect and restore Salus." - mharlan, http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=88757.0
4 commentsNemonater
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Julius Caesar160 viewsJulius Caesar. 49-48 BC. AR Denarius (18.07 mm, 3.87 g). Military mint traveling with Caesar.
O: Elephant right, trampling on serpent
R: Emblems of the pontificate - Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.
- Crawford 443/1; Sear (History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators) 9; Sydenham 1006; BMCRR (Gaul) 27; Cohen/RSC 49; Babelon (Voconia) 1; Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values I) 1399.

Julius Caesar and his armies assembled on the banks of the Rubicon River on 10 January 49 BC, ready to invade Italy. Since large quantities of denarii were necessary to pay Caesar's military expenses, the mint traveled with them. This issue was ordered, not by a moneyer, as was usual, but by Julius Caesar himself. In all likelihood, this type was used by Caesar's military forces at least until the decisive battle of Pharsalus.

"It is the inscription CAESAR in the exergue that has led to the modern identification of the elephant as Caesar. But the exergue is the traditional place for the moneyer’s name and Caesar is separated from the field by the ground line. When Hirtius minted, he put his own name there. Presumably the Caesarian message remained the same with or without CAESAR inscribed on the coin. So whatever that message was, it had to be using symbols easily recognized by the people he was speaking to.

The main problem with a Good over Evil interpretation is that the snake was not a symbol of evil in the pagan Roman mind. As for the elephant, the most frequent use of the elephant on coinage had been by the Metelli. Of all the families of Rome they had done more to connect their name with the elephant image than any other family line. And Metellus Scipio himself even used the elephant again (without snake, of course) after Caesar minted his coin.

As others have pointed out, the other side of the coin with the implements of the pontifex maximus makes an unmistakable reference to Caesar with or without the name Caesar. But that also got me to thinking. Why did he want to advertise that position? Simply put, the main concern of the Roman state religion was the Salus of the state, hence it was Caesar’s chief concern as Pontifex Maximus. If the Metellan elephant was trampling on the Salus of the state, it was his duty as Pontifex Maximus to protect and restore Salus." - mharlan, http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=88757.0
5 commentsNemonater
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Julius Caesar13 viewsJulius Caesar. 49-48 B.C. AR denarius (18.2 mm, 3.32 g, 7 h). Military mint traveling with Caesar. CAESAR, elephant advancing right, trampling on horned serpent / Simpulum, sprinkler, axe (surmounted by a wolf’s head), and apex. Crawford 443/1; CRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49Rob D
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JULIUS CAESAR (d. 44 BC), AR denarius, struck February-March 44 BC, moneyer C. Cossutius Maridianus80 viewsObverse- Wreathed and veiled head of Caesar right, DICT IN PERPETVO behind, CAESAR before.
Reverse- moneyer's name with Venus standing left, holding Victory and resting elbow on shield on globe.

RSC10, 19mm, 3.17g.

NGC VG ("bankers marks", Strike 3/5, Surface 2/5), cert. #4095350-001.
Ex- Imperial Coins & Artifacts, January 2011, through VCoins store (purchased raw).
Comments: This coin might be an "ugly duckling", but it's got a ton of history. When it came time to pursue a Twelve Caesars collection, I knew that nothing but a lifetime portrait issue of Caesar would do for me, though I probably could have had one of those interesting "elephants" or a more attractive "goddess head" design in better condition for less. This time I chose historical significance over eye appeal. This coin would have been struck just before Caesar's assassination on the fateful Ides of March, perhaps in that very month. It wasn't easy finding one within my $500/coin budgetary ceiling at the time, but this one came in under that price... barely.
4 commentslordmarcovan
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Julius Caesar (Died 44 B.C.)195 viewsAR Denarius
O: CAESAR below elephant right trampling on snake.
R: Emblems of the pontificate – culullus (cup) or simpulum (ladle), sprinkler, axe and apex (priest's hat).
Military Mint, Traveling with Caesar 49 B.C.
3.96g
18.5mm
RSC I 49, SRCV I 1399, Sydenham 1006, Crawford 443/1

This was the first coin issued in Caesar's name. It was minted after his invasion of Italy and crossing of the Rubicon on 10 January 49 B.C. until his defeat of Pompey at Pharsalus. The symbolism on the obverse appears to be the triumph of good over evil. The reverse refers to Caesar's office of Pontifex Maximus.
8 commentsMat
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Julius Caesar (RSC I 49, Coin #763)4 viewsRSC I 49, AR Denarius, Rome, 44 BC
OBV: CAESAR; Elephant walking right trampling on a carnyx (a Celtic war trumpet) ornamented to look like a dragon.
REV: Implements of the pontificate: culullus (cup) or simpulum (ladle), aspergillum (sprinkler), securis (sacrificial ax), and apex (priest's hat).
SIZE: 17.6mm, 3.62g
MaynardGee
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Julius Caesar - AR denarius11 viewsmoving mint (Cisalpine Gaul or Hispania)
I 49 - VIII 48 BC
elephant right, trampling on serpent
CAESAR
sacrificial implements - simpulum (laddle), sprinkler, axe, apex (priest's hat)
RSC I 49, SRCV I 1399, Sydenham 1006, Crawford 443/1
4,00g

According to Harlan this issue is Caesar's answer to the issue of Mn. Acilius Glabrio from 50 BC (incorrectly 49 according to Crawford) which presented Pompeyans as protectors of Salus of the Republic. Elephant as traditional symbol of Metteli family symbolizes Caesar's most vehement enemy in senate Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio who in Caesar's view was the biggest threat for the Salus of the Repubic represented by snake. Caesar was careful to avoid blaming Pompey directly so he claimed that Pompey had been led astray and corrupted by Caesar’s enemies who were jealous of his glory, while he himself had always promoted Pompey’s honor and dignity. Caesar showed Rome that Metellus Scipio and his supporters were the true threat to the health and safety of the Republic, the true cause of the civil war. Sacrificial implements reminds Caesar as Pontifex Maximus.
Johny SYSEL
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Julius Caesar - Denarius - Sear Imperators 97 viewsObv: Elephant advancing right, trampling on horned serpent, CAESAR in ex.
Rev: Emblems of the pontificate: simpulum, aspergillum, securis, and apex
Size: 17-18 mm
Weight: 3,61 g
Mint: Military mint traveling with Caesar
Date: April-August 49 BC
Ref: Crawford 443/1; Sear Imperators 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49
vs1969
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Julius Caesar - Elephant24 viewsJulius Caesar Silver Denarius
Obverse: CAESAR below elephant right trampling on snake
Reverse: Emblems of the pontificate - culullus (cup) or simpulum (ladle), sprinkler, axe and apex (priest's hat);
Minted: 49-48 BC
Mint: military mint traveling with Caesar, 49 B.C
Size: 3.39gm, 19mm
ID: RSC I 49, SRCV I 1399, Sydenham 1006, Crawford 443/1
ickster
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JULIUS CAESAR - Elephant Walking280 viewsJULIUS CAESAR
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.
seraphic
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Julius Caesar - [Crawford 443/1; CRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49; Kestner 3515-20; BMCRR Gaul 27-30; RBW 1557]105 viewsSilver denarius, 3.88g, 18.40mm, 90 degree, military mint traveling with Caesar, April-August 49 B.C.

Obv. - Elephant advancing right, trampling on horned serpent, CAESAR in exergue

Rev. - Emblems of the pontificate: simpulum, aspergillum, securis, and apex

An old tone with a slight rainbow highlight when presented in sunlight. Suspected graffiti in upper left reverse field forming a "X".
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Purchased from VCoins seller Ephesus Numismatics (Tom Wood) at the 2013 BRNA Dalton, GA coin show
4 commentsrenegade3220
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Julius Caesar Ar Denarius58 views49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.
Obv.: Elephant advancing right, trampling on serpent. CAESAR in ex..
Rev.: Emblems of the pontificate: simpulum, aspergillum, securis, and apex.
Crawford 443/1; CRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.
3 commentsMinos
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JULIUS CAESAR AR denarius - 49-48 BC51 viewsobv: CAESAR in exergue, elephant right, trampling on serpent
rev: Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.
ref: Cr443/1; Syd 1006; BMCRR (Gaul) 27, SRC 1399, RSC 49
Military mint travelling with Caesar.
3.62gms, 18.5mm
This is the first coin struck in the name of Julius Caesar. The symbolism on the obverse apparently alludes to the conquest of good over evil, Caesar's victory over the Gauls, while the reverse refers to Caesar's possession of the office of Pontifex Maximus.
berserker
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Julius Caesar Craw 443/165 viewsIulius Caesar. Denarius mint moving with Caesar 49-48., AR (18.66 mm., 3.85g).
Obv: Pontifical emblems: culullus, aspergillum, axe and apex.
Rev: Elephant r., trampling dragon; in exergue, CAESAR.
Babelon Julia 9. C 9. Sydenham 1006. Sear Imperators 9. RBW 1557. Crawford 443/1.
Ex: E.E. Clain Stefanelli, Ex: Naville Numismatics Auction #25 Lot 378 September 25, 2016.




This denarius is the famous elephant denarius of Julius Caesar. They were minted in the millions in 49-48 BCE. The obverse has an elephant trampling an object which could be a snake, a Carnyx (war trumpet), or even a dragon. There are many theories as the what the elephant represents. The one I find most interesting is the idea that Julius Caesar is the elephant and that the object, a snake for example, represents Pompey, his adversary.

On the reverse is a group of priestly implements. Julius Caesar was not only the ruler, he was also the chief priest. The objects include an Aspergillum (horse-haired sprinkler), a Culullus (a horn shaped vessel), an axe, and an Apex (a hat with a spike on top).

I wanted this coin because I was interested in the symbolism, and of course because one cannot have too many coins of Julius Caesar. I also like that this coin was owned by E. E. Clain-Stefanelli, a former curator at the Smithsonian.
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Julius Caesar Denarius45 viewsJulius Caesar Denarius - Elephant trampling on serpant, CAESAR in exergue / Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.2 commentsAdrian S
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Julius Caesar Denarius - Cr 443/126 viewsJulius Caesar. 49-48 BC. AR Denarius. CAESAR in exergue, elephant right, trampling on serpent / Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat. Cr443/1; Syd 1006; BMCRR (Gaul) 27. Aldo
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Julius Caesar Denarius RSC 49 , Elephant16 viewsOBV: Elephant advancing right. CAESAR
REV: Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and apex. No legend
3.1g, 15mm
Minted in Gaul, 49-48 BC
Depicts a simpulum (a ladle used in sacrifices), a sprinkler (to spread perfume), an axe and a priest's hat.
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Julius Caesar Elephant Denarius62 viewsJulius Caesar. 49-48 BC. AR Denarius. Military mint traveling with Caesar.
O: Elephant right, trampling on serpent
R: Emblems of the pontificate - Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.
- Crawford 443/1; Sear (History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators) 9; Sydenham 1006; BMCRR (Gaul) 27; Cohen/RSC 49; Babelon (Voconia) 1; Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values I) 1399. Ex HJBerk 90th Buy or Bid Sale, 4/17/96, Lot 232, listed as Mint state.

Julius Caesar and his armies assembled on the banks of the Rubicon River on 10 January 49 BC, ready to invade Italy. Since large quantities of denarii were necessary to pay Caesar's military expenses, the mint traveled with them. This issue was ordered, not by a moneyer, as was usual, but by Julius Caesar himself. In all likelihood, this type was used by Caesar's military forces at least until the decisive battle of Pharsalus.

"It is the inscription CAESAR in the exergue that has led to the modern identification of the elephant as Caesar. But the exergue is the traditional place for the moneyer’s name and Caesar is separated from the field by the ground line. When Hirtius minted, he put his own name there. Presumably the Caesarian message remained the same with or without CAESAR inscribed on the coin. So whatever that message was, it had to be using symbols easily recognized by the people he was speaking to.

The main problem with a Good over Evil interpretation is that the snake was not a symbol of evil in the pagan Roman mind. As for the elephant, the most frequent use of the elephant on coinage had been by the Metelli. Of all the families of Rome they had done more to connect their name with the elephant image than any other family line. And Metellus Scipio himself even used the elephant again (without snake, of course) after Caesar minted his coin.

As others have pointed out, the other side of the coin with the implements of the pontifex maximus makes an unmistakable reference to Caesar with or without the name Caesar. But that also got me to thinking. Why did he want to advertise that position? Simply put, the main concern of the Roman state religion was the Salus of the state, hence it was Caesar’s chief concern as Pontifex Maximus. If the Metellan elephant was trampling on the Salus of the state, it was his duty as Pontifex Maximus to protect and restore Salus." - mharlan, http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=88757.0
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Julius Caesar Flip Over Double Strike154 viewsJulius Caesar. 49-48 BC. AR Denarius (19 mm, 3.66 g). Military mint traveling with Caesar.
O: Elephant right, trampling on serpent
R: Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat; CAESA[R] to right

After being struck, a blank flan was placed in the die and somehow this coin was flipped and re-struck!
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Julius Caesar, as Imperator and Dictator. 49-44 BC. AR denarius.204 viewsJulius Caesar, as Imperator and Dictator (49-44 BC). AR denarius (3.85 gm). Mint moving with Caesar in Gaul, 49–48 BC. Elephant right, trampling serpent, CAESAR in exergue / Pontifical emblems: culullus, aspergillum, axe, and apex. Crawford 443/1. Syd. 1006. RSC 49. CRI 9. RCTV 1399. Weakly struck to right on obverse, shallow circular test mark on elephant's head, otherwise good very fine.b70
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Julius Caesar, b. 100 BC - d. 44 BC3 viewsAR denarius, 19mm, 3.4g, 9h; Traveling military mint, 49-48 BC
Obv.: Elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent // CAESAR
Rev.: Symbols of the pontificate: simpulum, aspergillum, securis, and apex.
Reference: Crawford 443/1; CRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49. 16-188-176
John Anthony
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Julius Caesar, denarius62 viewsMoving Mint
elephant right trampling a gallic carnyx //CAESAR
Pontifical emblems culullus, aspergillum, axe, and apex.
49-48 BC.
Wonderful datails and patina.
A famous coin of Caesar.
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KAKANI COIN OF SUNGA KINGDOM - CAST COPPER COIN - - 2.38 gm15 viewsObv - Elephant Left , Torion, Swastik Indradavaja
Rev - Three arched Hill, Hollow Cross, Torion, Tree Railing
Ref..Mitchiner 4381.
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Kalinga: Anonymous (ca. 500-400 BC) AR ½ Karshapana36 viewsObv: Tree, 7-annulet pattern, 4-arm symbol, and elephant facing right
Rev: Blank
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Khusru I42 viewsObverse: Head of Khusru I right with an inscription naming him around
Reverse: Fire altar flanked by two attendants with the mint mark to the right and the date mark to the left
Mint : RD
Date : AD 552 Year 22
Grade : gVF
Weight : 4.09g
Denom: Drachm
Metal : Silver
Acquired: 28/09/04

Comments: Size, 28.5 x 30.0. During the 6th century, the Christian King of Axum Kaleb with ships supplied by the Byzantine Emperor Justin I crossed the red sea with an army to come to the aid of Christians reportably being massacred by the Jewish ruler of Himyar (Yemen) Dhu Nuwas. Defeating the Himyar, Kaleb annexed Yemen and returned to Axum leaving Abraha as a Viceroy. In the "Year of the Elephant", 570 AD, Abraha invaded Mecca, but pestilence wiped out his army. Still, by 575 he was enough of a threat that Mecca had to ask Persia for assistance, at which point Khusru I invaded and eventually annexed Yemen.
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Kushan: Huvishka, ca. 151 - 190 AD15 viewsAE unit, 9,83gr., 23,7mm;
MK 911, Donum Burns 375, MACW 3290;
mint: ? , axis: 12h;
obv.: king, riding elephant, right, w/tiara, holding trident and goad, legend of round letters on rim;
rev.: god (Pharro?) standing left, w/halo, holding diadem and scepter, in short tunic; tamgha below diadem; legend on left rim: OΠ9O;

ex: CNG e-Auction, # 385; ex: Dr. Wilfried Pieper Collection.
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Kushan: Huvishka, ca. 151 - 190 AD15 viewsAE26, 11,25gr., 25,5mm;
MACW 3291;
mint: Taxila, axis: 12h,
obv.; king, riding elephant, right, in hand ankus, Bactrian legend;
rev.: Shiva holding trident; tamgha and legend;

ex: G. Clark, VA.
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KUSHANS - Huvishka15 viewsKUSHANS - Huvishka (c, 150-191 C.E.) AE Tetradrachm. Elephant rider/god Athsho. Heavy weight type. dpaul7
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L Papius Denarius Serratus, Papia 1, Sym. var. RRC -40 viewsDenarius Serratus
Obv:– Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat skin tied under chin. Behind head, Barbed spear head.
Rev:– Gryphon running right; in ex., L. PAPI.; in field, Elephant head.
Minted in Rome from . B.C. 79.
Reference(s) – RSC Papia 1. RRC 384/1. RCTV 311.
Symbol variety – RRC -. Babelon 149. BMCRR -
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L. Caecilius Metellus Daidemetus; Helmeted Roma/ Pax in Biga, elephant's head10 viewsL. Caecilius Metellus Daidemetus, AR denarius. c. 128 B.C. 18mm, 3.9g; Helmeted head of Roma right, * behind. / Pax in biga right, elephants head with bell around neck below. Cr262/1, Syd 496, Sear RCV I: 138.Podiceps
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L. Caecilius Metellus Diadematus - AR denarius9 viewsRome
²130 BC
¹128 BC
head of Roma right wearing winged helmet
(XVI)
Pax in biga right, holding branch, reins and scepter, elephant head below
ROMA
¹Crawford 262/1, RSC I Caecilia 38, Sydenham 496, SRCV I 138
²Mark Passehl - Roman moneyer & coin type chronology, 150 – 50 BC
ex Gabinet Numizmatyczny D. Marciniak

Head of elephant, emblem of Caecilia family, commemorates victory of L. Caecilius Metellus over Hasdrubal near Panormus in 251 BC. Captured carthaginian elephants were displayed in following triumph.
Johny SYSEL
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Laodike IV, wife and sister of both Seleucus IV and Antiochus IV. 175-164 BCE.225 viewsSelucia in Pieria. Æ (15 mm, 3.33 g).
Obv: Veiled bust of Laodike IV.
Rev: BASILEWS ANTIOXOU, Elephant head l. Prow. Ex-Houghton. Plate coin of Coins of the Seleucid Empire (CSE).
CSE 113; Forrer 183.
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M. Caecilius Q.f. Metellus - AR denarius27 viewsrestored issue struck under C. Servilius

²Praeneste
¹Rome
²winter 82-81 BC
¹82-80 BC
head of Apollo right wearing taenia
ROMA__(XVI)
Macedonin shield decorated with elephant head right, all within laurel wreath
M·METELLVS·Q·F·
¹Crawford 369/1; Sydenham 719; Caecilia 30
²Mark Passehl - Roman moneyer & coin type chronology, 150 – 50 BC
ex Rauch
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M. CAECILIUS Q.f. Q.n. METELLUS AR DENARIUS8 viewsOBVERSE: Helmeted head of Roma right, ROMA behind, star below chin
REVERSE: M•METELLVS•Q•F•, legend around Macedonian shield on which there is an elephant's head, all within laurel wreath
Rome, 127 BC
3.6g, 17mm
Cr263/1a; Syd 480; Caecilia 29
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Macedonia, Thessalonica, Elagabal, AMNG 5373 viewsElagabal AD 218-222
AE 22, 6.08g
obv. AV KM AUR ANT - WNINOC EV[C]
bust, laureate, r.
rev. QECCALO - NIKEWN
Kabeiros in short chiton stg. l., holding rhyton in r. hand and hammer in raised l.
hand. At both sides short column with elephant tusk on it.
AMNG III, 53 (1 ex., London)
very rare, VF

The 'horn-shaped symbol' - often attached to the Thessalian Kabeiri - has no special connection to the cult of this deity - as suggested so long - but is an elephant tusk which we find as dedicated gift to Serapis, Isis, Astarte and Atergatis too (Gaebler, AMNG).
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG V 96 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

Rev LEG V legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

Legio V Alaudae (also known as Gallica) was the first Roman legion composed of provincial soldiers, as opposed to Roman citizens. Caesar paid the soldiers with his own resources, but the legion was later recognized by the Roman Senate. V Alaudae fought in the Gallic wars until 49 BC, as one of the most brave legions of Caesar, then they were moved to Spain. They served with Mark Antony between 41 and 31 BC and probably fought in Actium. After Antony committed suicide, they were merged into Augustus' army in 30 BC.

Their emblem depicted an elephant and was awarded in 46 BC for bravery against a charge of elephants in the Battle of Thapsus.
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Maues Indo-Scythian Elephant24 viewsIndo-Scythien in Pakistan Maues 90-57BC large copper coin with
OBV: head of elephant right with bell around neck, within bead and reel border
REV: Cadeucus wing left and right legend Basileus Maues
NICE DARK BROWN PATINA

RARE
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MAURYAN EMPIRE19 viewsMAURYAN EMPIRE - 3rd Century BC - AR Karshapana. 13.4 MM, 3.40 Grams.
Punch marks; especially note the sun and the 6-armed figure, trademarks of Mauryan coinage.

The coins issued by the Mauryans are mostly silver in various shapes, sizes and weights and which have one or more symbols punched on them. The most common symbols are the elephant, the tree in railing symbol and the mountain. The technique of producing such coins was generally that the metal was cut first and then the device was punched. These symbols are said to have either represented the Royal insignia or the symbol of the local guild that struck the coin. Some coins had Shroff marks on them indicating that older coins were often re-issued.
One of the greatest empires in the history of India was the Mauryan Empire. It approximately lasted from 322 - 185 B.C. Most of India was united as a single entity by the great emperor Chandragupta Maurya. His son Bindusara extended the kingdom of Mauryas over almost the entire sub-continent. The Mauryan Empire had the most powerful military force in ancient India. The greatest emperor of the Mauryan dynasty was Ashoka. An able administrator and a skillful warrior, Ashoka converted to Buddhism after the gruesome Battle of Kalinga.
The Mauryan Empire had smooth administration and efficient rulers. The government was hierarchical and centralized with a lot of staff to make sure that work was carried on smoothly and efficiently. Taxes were collected regularly, trade and commerce was carried on smoothly, citizens were taken care of and the army was always ready for any sort of external aggression or threat. Every province had its own officials who managed administration at grassroots level. The economy was agrarian and the main economic activity of people was agriculture. The capital city of Magadha was beautifully decorated and had all facilities that any modern city would have.
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Maximianus11 viewsFirst reign, 286-305 AD
AE Follis, Carthage mint, 2nd officina. Struck 297-298 AD
Obverse: IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, Laureate head right.
Reverse: FELIX AD-V-ENT AVGG NN, Africa standing facing, head left, wearing elephant skin headdress and holding signum and tusk; at feet to left, lion with captured bull; H in left field; PKS in exergue.
References: RIC VI 23b, RCV 3630, Van Meter 035
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MAXIMIANUS AE Antoninianus15 viewsOBVERSE: IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right
REVERSE: FELIX ADVENT AVGG N N, Africa standing facing, looking left, wearing elephant-skin headdress, holding standard and elephant's tusk, lion with captured bull at feet, H in right field, mintmark PKB
Struck at Carthage. AD 298
RIC VI 25b
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Menander I (ca. 160-145 BCE) chalkous (AE)21 viewsObv.: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΟΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ (Elephant's head left) Rev.: Maharajasa tratarasa Menamdrasa (Herakles' club) Field: Monogram(s) Weight: 3.15 g. Diameter: 15 mm. Reference: Mitchiner 240, HGCS 12/197Nick.vdw
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Menander I Soter AE Square Chalkous123 viewsAttribution: 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
Noah
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Mithradates III., 57 - 54 BC14 viewsAE16, 3,70gr., 16,44mm;
Sellw. 41.20, Shore 208;
mint: Rhagai, axis: 12mm;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem and ribbons joined at the end;medium-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, short beard; segmented necklace w/center medallion; star (or sun) in upper right field; dotted border 11 - 17:30h;
rev.: elephant standing, right, framed by 8-line legend: BACIΛEC BACIΛEΩN APCAKoV MEΓAΛoV ΔIKAIoV EΠIΦANoVC ΘEoV EVΠAToPoC ΦIΛEΛΛHNoC;

ex: G. Clark, VA.
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Mithradates III., 57 - 54 BC14 viewsAE 16, 3,28gr., 16,24mm;
Sellw. 41.20, Shore 208;
mint: Rhagai, axis 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem and 3 ribbons; medium-long hair in waves, mustache, short beard; segmented necklet w/center medallion; star (or sun) in upper right field; rev.: elephant standing right, 7-line illegible legend;

ex: CNG at Baltimore Coin Show.
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 26. Elagabal, HrHJ (2018) 8.26.53.01 #119 viewsElagabal, AD 218-222
AE 19, 3.69g, 18.94mm, 225°
obv. [AVT M AVR] - ANTWNEINOC
laureate head r.
rev. NIKOPOLITW[N P]ROC ICT / RON
Elephant with raised ears stg. r.
ref. a) AMNG I/1, 2030, pl. XX, no. 4 (2 ex., Berlin, Wien)
b) Varbanov (engl.) 3835
c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2015) No. 8.26.53.1
very rare, F+/about VF, some corrosions

Same dies as in AMNG. Pick: The R's lack underlines. Altogether the engraving is from bad style.
Jochen
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 26. Elagabal, HrHJ (2018) 8.26.53.01 #225 viewsElagabal, AD 218-222
AE 17, 2.85g, 17.14mm, 225°
obv. AVT M AVR - ANTWNEINOC
laureate head r.
rev. NIKOPOLITWN PROC ICT / RON
Elephant with raised ears stg. r.
ref. a) AMNG I/1, 2030, pl. XX, no. 4 (2 ex., Berlin, Wien)
b) Varbanov (engl.) 3835
c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018) No. 8.26.53.1
very rare, about VF/VF, nearly black patina

Same dies as in AMNG. Pick writes AV KM AVR. But I think the K is rather a T. Pick: The R's lack underlines. Altogether the engraving is from bad style.
Jochen
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Mysia Parium Gallienus9 viewsMysia Parium Gallienus. Cuirassed and laureate bust R / City-gate with three entrances with elephant-quadriga on top. Triumphal arch statues below top each side standing on columns, 26mm, 9.11 gm. Price and Trell fig 213. SNG France 1531Ancient Aussie
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Mysore: Krishna Raja Wodeyar (1799-1868) AE 20 Cash (C#177)29 viewsObv: Elephant caparisoned standing to left; Kannada legend ಶ್ರೀ (Sri) between the sun and moon above; the whole enclosed in lined circle and ring of dots.
Rev: Kannada legend ಮಯಿಲಿ ಕಾಸು ಇಪ್ಪತ್ತು (Mayili Kasu ippattu) in two lines; XX CASH in English below, enclosed in lined circle.
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Mysore: Krishna Raja Wodeyar (1799-1868) AE 5 Cash (C#171a.1)19 viewsObv: Elephant to left with trunk upraised; Kannada legend above - ಶ್ರೀ ಚಾಮುಂಡಿ (Sri Chamundi) with sun and moon between ಶ್ರೀ (Sri); the whole enclosed in lined circle and ring of dots.
Rev: ಕೃಷ್ಣ (Krishna); ಮಯಿಲಿ ಕಾಸು ೫ (Mayili Kasu 5), V CASH in English below, enclosed in lined circle
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Nayakas of Madurai: Anonymous (1601-1736) Sri Vira Kasu (MCSI2-852)28 viewsObv: Elephant facing right
Rev: Sri (top) / Vi (bottom left) Ra (bottom right)
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Nero10 viewsNERO
BI Tetradrachm, Alexandria Mint
Dated Year 12=65/6 AD.
Radiate bust of Nero wearing aegis / Draped bust of Alexandria in elephant skin headdress, LIB to r.
Milne 238, Köln 172-174; Curtis 36-54, Dattari 204, SGI 633, RPC 5289. Fine.
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Nero38 viewsRoman Empire
Nero
(Reign as 5th Emperor of the Roman Empire 54-68 AD)
(b. 37 AD, d. 68 AD)

O: NEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP, Radiate bust of Nero facing right, wearing aegis

R: AYTO KPA, Draped bust of Alexandria facing right, wearing elephant-skin headdress, mint mark LIB





Billon Tetradrachm
Minted in Alexandria 65-66 AD



Translations:

NEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP=Nero Claudius Caesar Emperor Germanicus

AYTO KPA= Autokrator(Commander-in-Chief)

LIB=12th year of Nero’s Reign


Billon=Silver and Copper alloy




References:
Emmet 109
BMC Alexandria 163
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Nero RPC I 528910 viewsEGYPT, Alexandria Dated RY 12 (AD 65/6)
BI Tetradrachm (24mm, 13.41 g, 12h).
Radiate bust of Nero right, wearing aegis
Draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant skin headdress;
LIB (date)
RPC I 5289; Emmett 109.
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Nero (54 - 68 A.D.)64 viewsBillon Tetradrachm
EGYPT, Alexandria
O: NERW KLAY KAIS SEB GER, radiate head right, aegis on chest.
R: AYTO-KRA, draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant skin headdress; date LIB to right.
Alexandria, Egypt. Dated Year 12 (65 - 66 A.D.)
12g
25mm
RPC 5289; Milne 238; Dattari 204; Geissen 172; Sear 2004.
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Nero - Alexandria7 viewsBI tetradrachm
29 Aug 65 - 28 Aug 66 AD
radiate bust right wearing aegis
NEPΩ KΛAY KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP AY
draped bust of Alexandria right wearing elephant skin
AYTOKPA
LIB
Dattari 204, Geissen 172, Milne 238, Kampmann-Ganschow 14.88, BMC Alexandria 163, RPC I 5289, SRCV I 2004, Emmett 109
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Johny SYSEL
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Nero - Roman Provincial Egypt Billon tetradrachm25 viewsObverse: radiate bust of Nero right, wearing aegis
Rev: bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant head headdress, L IB (year 12) right
Size: 24.2mm Weight: 13.502gm
Minted: Alexandria 26 Aug 65-28 Aug 66 AD
Id#'s: Milne 238, SRCV I 2004, Emmett 109, Geissen 172, Dattari 204, BMC 163, RPC I 5289
Notes: Ex-Forum Ancient Coins 2010
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Nero Alexandrian Tet29 viewsNero Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria. Year 12=65/6 AD. NERW KLAV KAIS SEB GER, radiate bust right, wearing aegis / AVTOKPA, draped bust of Alexandria right in elephant skin headdress, LIB to right. Köln 172-174; Curtis 36-54, Dattari 204, SGI 633, RPC 5289,Milne 238,BMCGr 163Tiberiusjulius
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NERO AR Billon Tetradrachm SGI 633; Dattari 204, Alexandria14 viewsOBV: NERW KLAV KAIS SEB GER, radiate bust right, wearing aegis
REV: AVTOKPA, draped bust of Alexandria right in elephant skin headdress, LIB to right, year 12
10.8g, 28mm

Minted at Alexandria, Egypt, 65-66 AD
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NERO AR billon tetradrachm. Nero & Alexandria with elephant headdress. 73 viewsNERO AR billon silver tetradrachm. ROMAN EGYPT NERW KLAV KAIS SEB GER, radiate bust right, wearing aegis.
Reverse - AVTOKPA, draped bust of Alexandria right in elephant skin headdress, LIB to right. Struck at Alexandria, year 12. (65-66 AD).
RPC 5289. Sold
Antonivs Protti
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Nero Billon Tet.81 viewsNero. Billon Tetradrachm. Alexandria Mint. 65-66 A.D. Obverse: radiate bust right, wearing aegis. Reverse: draped bust of Alexandria right in elephant skin headdress. LIB to right. Koln 172-174; Curtis 36-54; SGI 633, RPC 5289. 11.8 g., 25 mm.1 commentsLucas H
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Nero Tetradrachm16 viewsNero, Caesar 50-54, Augustus 54-68 AD

Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria, Egypt. Dated Year 12 (AD 65-66)

24mm., 13.07g.

NERW KLAY KAIS SEB GER, radiate head right, aegis on chest

AVTO-KPA (Autokrator in Greek meaning Imperator in Latin, i.e. Emperor), draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant skin headdress; date LIB to right.

References (vendors): RPC 5289; Milne 238; Dattari 204; Geissen 172; Sear 2004, SRCV I 2004, Emmett 109, BMC 163

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Nero Tetradrachm of Alexandria18 viewsNEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEBΓEP, Radiate bust right,

AYTO KPA, Bust of Alexandria right, in elephant-skin headdress,

LIB (Year 12) in right field

Emmett 109.

Ex-FORVM.
Will Hooton
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Nero, tetradrachm, Alexandria wearing elephant-skin head-dress reverse13 viewsNero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt. Billon tetradrachm, Milne 238, Sear 2004, Emmett 109, Geissen 172, Dattari 204, BMC 163, RPC 5289, F, pitting, Alexandria mint, 12.689g, 23.5mm, 0o, 65 - 66 A.D.; obverse ΝΕΡΩ ΚΛΑΥ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡ ΑΥ, radiate bust right wearing aegis; reverse AVTOKPA, draped bust of Alexandria right wearing elephant-skin head-dress, dated LIB (year 12); ex FORVMPodiceps
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Nero. BI Tetradrachm of Alexandria,Egypt. Dated RY 12 (AD 65/6).5 views(13,1 g.; 23 mm.) Radiate bust of Nero right, wearing aegis / Draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant's skin headdress; L IB (date) before. Köln 172-4; Dattari (Savio) 204; K&G 14.88; RPC I 5289; Emmett 109. Russel K
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nicaea004a4 viewsElagabalus
Nicaea, Bithynia

Obv: Μ ΑΥΡ ΑΝΤΩ-ΝΙΝΟϹ ΑΥΓ, laureate head right.
Rev: NIKA-IEΩN, Emperor(?) riding an elephant, r., holding reins and whip(?)
24 mm, 4.90 gms

Rec Gen 564, SNG von Aulock 7044
Charles M
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North African Elephant (Extinct)166 viewsAntiochus 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
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Otho73 viewsOtho Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria . YEAR 1
C. 69 AD
13.44g
25mm
obv. Otho laureate head right, LA before / rev. bust of Alexandria right in elephant skin headdress. RPC 5358. Dattari 324
Grey tone with good metal and detail. SCARCE
Ex John Casey Collection


5 commentsRandygeki(h2)
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Pandya Empire: Anonymous (ca 3rd - 1st century BCE) AE Unit (Krishnamurthy-20)33 viewsObv: Elephant standing facing right with smaller elephant below; in front of the elephant there is a trisula; next to that, a part of tree-in-railing. Above the elephant from left to right, there are four symbols; tree-in-railing, conch, pot with crescent symbol above that and chakra
Rev: Stylized fish symbol
SpongeBob
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Parthian Empire: Mithradates IV (58/7-55 BCE) Æ Tetrachalkon, Rhagai (Sellwood 41.20; Shore 208)17 viewsObv: Short-bearded bust left wearing double-banded diadem and segmented necklet with medallion; behind bust, star; circular border of pellets
Rev: Elephant standing right; no border; ΚΑΙ omitted from eight-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΘΕΟΥ ΕΥΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Quant.Geek
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Pharsalos, Thessaly Hemidrachm32 viewsAR Hemidrachm
Size: 14 mm Weight: 2.91grams Die axis: 9h

Pharsalos, Thessaly
400 – 344 BCE

Obverse: Head of Athena Pallas to right, wearing helmet ornamented with wing. T/IΠ between helmet crest and neck.

Reverse: Head of horse to right, (Φ)A(RΣ) encircling.

Notes:
- The ‘T’ behind the neck is the initial of the engraver Telephantos. IΠ are thought to be the initials of his apprentice.

Ex Central City Coins Brisbane, 2002
1 commentsPharsalos
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Philip Arab35 viewsAv. IMP PHILIPPVS AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rv. AETERNITAS AVGG
Elephant walking left, with driver
RIC 58, 3,51g , Rom
Priscus
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Philip Arab16 viewsAv. IMP MIVL PHILIPPVS AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rv. AETERNITAS AVGG
Elephant walking left, with Driver -SC-
RIC 167c, Rom, 11,06g 25mm, Dupondius
Priscus
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Philip I Antoninianus RIC IV 5817 viewsObv: IMP PHILIPVS AVG
radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: AETERNITAS AVGG
elephant advancing left, bearing mahout holding goad and wand
21mm 4.3gm
OWL365
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Philip I (244 - 249 A.D.)53 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: A K M IOV ΦIΛIΠΠOC EVC, laureate and draped bust right.
R: Alexandria standing left, facing, clothed in elephant hide, holding stalks in hand, vixellium in other, L-Δ in field.
Year 4 = 246-247 AD
23.5mm
13.9g
Alexandria 4853; Dattari 2725, Emmett # 3468.4


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3 commentsMat
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Philip I - AETERNITAS104 viewsIMP PHILIPPVS AVG
AETERNITAS AVGG
RIC 58, C 17
Rome, 247-249 AD
5 commentswhitetd49
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PHILIP I Sestertius, RIC 161a, Elephant17 viewsOBV: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right
REV: AETERNITAS AVGG, elephant and driver walking left, SC in ex.
28mm, 20.6g

Minted at Rome, 247-8 AD
Legatus
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Philip I.63 viewsAv. IMP MIVL PHILIPPVS AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from front
Rv. AETERNITAS AVGG
Elephant walking left, with driver
RIC - Bland - Òvàri 11A, 4,24g , Antiochia, RRR
1 commentsPriscus
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Philip I.30 viewsAv. IMP MIVL PHILIPPVS AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rv. AETERNITAS AVGG
Elephant walking left, with driver
RIC - Bland 19 Òvàri 10A, 4,24g , Antiochia, R
Priscus
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Philip I.20 viewsAv. IMP MIVL PHILIPPVS AVG
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rv. AETERNITAS AVGG -SC-
elephant walking l. ridden by mahout
RIC 167b 9,53g 24mm (As)
Priscus
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Philip II.24 viewsAv. IMP MIVL PHILIPPVS AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from front
Rv. AETERNITAS AVGG
Elephant walking left, with driver
RIC - Bland 67 Òvàri 11B, 4,34g , Antiochia, R
Priscus
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Philip II.16 viewsAv. IMP MIVL PHILIPPVS AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rv. AETERNITAS AVGG
Elephant walking left, with driver
RIC - Bland 19 Òvàri 10B, 2,97g , Antiochia, R
Priscus
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Philip II.5 viewsAv. MIVL PHILIPPVS CAES
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rv. AETERNITAS AVGG
Elephant walking left, with driver
RIC - , 3,84g , Imitation and Hybrid ( Collection PRISCUS HYRIC246A(b))
Priscus
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Philip the Arab AE Sestertius34 viewsPhilip I AE Sestertius,
18.69 grams.
29 mm.

Philip I Æ sestertius. IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right / AETERNITAS AVGG, elephant and driver walking left, SC in ex. RIC 167a, Cohen 18.
Antonio Protti
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Philippus I, Antoninianus22 viewsMint of Rome.
IMP PHILIPPVS AVG - Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
AETERNITAS AVGG - Elephant advancing left, driver holding goad and wand.
4,22gr
247-249AD

Ref: RIC 58 - Cohen 17
byzancia
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PROTO-COINAGE, Manilla, 19th Century, Manufactured in Birmingham12 viewsManillas like this one were manufactured in Birmingham in the 19th century for use in Africa where they were traded for palm oil and ivory.
Manillas (an ancient form of money or barter coinage) were originally metal bracelets or armlets. Later forms were made of copper, bronze, or brass open rings. The term is derived from the Spanish for bracelet or manella.
During the 1470s Portuguese explorers became aware that, all along the west coast of Africa, copper bracelets and leg-bands were a means of exchange. These early Portuguese traders bought tusks of ivory, peppers, and slaves by exchanging currency ‘bracelets’ acceptable to the Africans. Eventually manillas became known as slave trade money after they were used by Europeans to acquire slaves. the slave trade in question being that to England and the Americas prior to 1807.
The earliest use of manillas was in West Africa. As a means of exchange they originated in Calabar which was the chief city of the ancient southeast Nigerian coastal kingdom of that name. It is recorded that in 1505 a slave could be bought here for 8-10 manillas, and an elephant’s tooth for one copper manila.
Numis-Student
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Provincial, Tetradrachm, Alexandria, Egypt, AYTO-KPA21 viewsBI Tetradrachm
Roman Provincial: Alexandria, Egypt
Nero
Caesar: 50 - 54AD
Augustus: 54 - 68AD
Issued: 65 - 66AD
22.5mm 12.0gr 0h
O: NEPΩ KΛΑΥ ΚΑΙΣ ΣεΒ ΓεΡ; Radiate head, right; aegis on chest.
R: AYTO-KPA; Alexandria bust, right, elephant skin headdress.
Exergue: LIB (= Regnal Year 12), right field.
RPC 5289; Dattari 204; Geisen 172; Milne 238; Sear 2004.
Ellie, Birthday Gift
11/2/13 1/15/20
1 commentsNicholas Z
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Provincial, Tetradrachm, Alexandria, Egypt, AYTO-KPA10 viewsAE Tetradrachm
Roman Provincial: Alexandria, Egypt
Nero
Caesar: 50 - 54AD
Augustus: 54 - 68AD
Issued: 65 - 66AD
26.1mm 9.38gr 0h
O: NEPΩ KΛΑΥ ΚΑΙΣ ΣεΒ ΓεΡ; Radiate head right, aegis on chest.
R: AYTO-KPA; Draped Alexandria bust, elephant skin headdress.
Exergue: LIB (= Regnal Year 12), right field.
RPC 5289; Dattari 204; Geisen 172; Milne 238; Sear 2004.
frascatius 23106310851
10/6/13 1/15/20
Nicholas Z
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Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy I Soter, 367-283 BCE10 viewsBronze Obol, Svoronos 377, SNG Cop -, Cyprus, Kition mint,
8.8g, 21.4mm, 0°, obverse head of Alexander right,
wearing elephant skin headdress;
reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOΥ BAΣIΛEΩΣ,
eagle standing left, thunderbolt in talons, EY, KI and X monogram left;
NORMAN K
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Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy I Soter, 294 B.C., Tetradrachm, Svoronos 236107 viewsSilver Tetradrachm of Ptolemy I Soter, founder of the Pteolmaic Kingdom
Obv:– Diademed head of Ptolemy I right wearing aegis
Rev:– ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, monogram left
Minted in Alexandria, B.C. 294
Reference:– Svoronos 236, SNG Cop 75
14.379g, 29.9mm, 0o

Ex-Forum

The following notes were provided by Forum in their catalog description.
"Struck on a briefly used standard of 21-attic obols. Broad flan. Overstruck over an Alexander tetradrachm, which had a banker's mark. Undertype visible at 4:00 on obverse. Minor chip. Rare overstrike!"

Many thanks to mihali84 for spotting the signature on the coin. The coin has the signature of the Delta artist behind the ear (between the ear and the first curl near the neck). I was not aware of this wonderful detail and it wasn't mentioned by Forum in their description either. This artist was a master craftsman and was responsible for some coins of high artistry at Alexandria during the reign of Ptolemy I (possibly into the early reign of Ptolemy II) and produced from quite early in the reign, including one of the iconic elephant's skin headdress tetradrachm.
4 commentsmaridvnvm
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Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy I Soter, 294 B.C., Tetradrachm, Svoronos 23652 viewsSilver Tetradrachm of Ptolemy I Soter, founder of the Pteolmaic Kingdom
Obv:– Diademed head of Ptolemy I right wearing aegis
Rev:– ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, monogram left
Minted in Alexandria, B.C. 294
Reference:– Svoronos 236, SNG Cop 75
14.379g, 29.9mm, 0o

Ex-Forum

A toned but wonderfully detailed reverse.

The following notes were provided by Forum in their catalog description.
"Struck on a briefly used standard of 21-attic obols. Broad flan. Overstruck over an Alexander tetradrachm, which had a banker's mark. Undertype visible at 4:00 on obverse. Minor chip. Rare overstrike!"

Many thanks to mihali84 for spotting the signature on the coin. The coin has the signature of the Delta artist behind the ear (between the ear and the first curl near the neck). I was not aware of this wonderful detail and it wasn't mentioned by Forum in their description either. This artist was a master craftsman and was responsible for some coins of high artistry at Alexandria during the reign of Ptolemy I (possibly into the early reign of Ptolemy II) and produced from quite early in the reign, including one of the iconic elephant's skin headdress tetradrachm.

Updated image of an old coin from my collection.
2 commentsmaridvnvm
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Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy I Soter, 294 B.C., Tetradrachm, Svoronos 23671 viewsSilver Tetradrachm of Ptolemy I Soter, founder of the Pteolmaic Kingdom
Obv:– Diademed head of Ptolemy I right wearing aegis
Rev:– ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, monogram left
Minted in Alexandria, B.C. 294
Reference:– Svoronos 236, SNG Cop 75
14.379g, 29.9mm, 0o

Ex-Forum

The following notes were provided by Forum in their catalog description.
"Struck on a briefly used standard of 21-attic obols. Broad flan. Overstruck over an Alexander tetradrachm, which had a banker's mark. Undertype visible at 4:00 on obverse. Minor chip. Rare overstrike!"

Many thanks to mihali84 for spotting the signature on the coin. The coin has the signature of the Delta artist behind the ear (between the ear and the first curl near the neck). I was not aware of this wonderful detail and it wasn't mentioned by Forum in their description either. This artist was a master craftsman and was responsible for some coins of high artistry at Alexandria during the reign of Ptolemy I (possibly into the early reign of Ptolemy II) and produced from quite early in the reign, including one of the iconic elephant's skin headdress tetradrachm.

Updated image using new photography setup.
3 commentsmaridvnvm
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PTOLEMAIC KINGDOM--PTOLEMY I or II38 viewsca. 295 - 260 BC
AE 19 mm 8.02 g
OBV: DEIFIED ALEXANDER WEARING ELEPHANT SKIN HEADDRESS R
REV: EAGLE STANDING L, HEAD L, WINGS OPEN, MONOGRAM IN L FIELD
EGYPT
(both Ptolemy I and Ptolemy II had issues of this type during the period 295 - 260 BC)
laney
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PTOLEMAIC KINGDOM--PTOLEMY I SOTER16 viewsAE 15.5 mm, 3.75 g
367 - 283 BC
minted ca. 305 BC
O: Head of Alexander wearing elephant skin headdress and horn of Ammon, right
R: Eagle, wings open, standing left on thunderbolt; monogram/crested helmet in left field
laney
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PTOLEMAIC KINGDOM--PTOLEMY II PHILADELPHOS33 views285-246 BC
struck ca. 260 BC (Post-Reform)
AE 23 mm, 9.76 g
O: Head of Alexander the Great wearing elephant-skin headdress, right
R: ΠTOΛEMAIOΥ BAΣIΛEΩΣ Eagle standing right on thunderbolt, head right, wings open; D monogram between legs
Alexandria mint; Svoronos 439; Weiser 34; SNG Copenhagen 158
laney
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Ptolemaic Kings of Egypt46 viewsPtolemy III Euregetes
247/6-221/20 B.C.
Æ Obol
10.29 gm, 24.5 mm
Obv.: Head of Alexander right, wearing elephant skin, dotted boarder
Rev.: ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ around Eagle with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt, head right,
filleted cornucopia to right, Ε between legs, dotted boarder
Alexandria mint
Svoronos 976; SNG Cop 232; BMC 6, p.66, 41-2; Sear 7819
1 commentsJaimelai
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Ptolemaic Kings of Egypt,Ptolemy 1st Soter as satrap 323-305 BC AR Tetradrachm 28mm 15.90g 6h32 viewsPtolemaic standard,in the name of Alexander 3rd of Macedon,Alexandreia mint,struck circa 311/0-305 BC.Diademed head of the deified Alexander right wearing elephant skin headdress.Rev Athena Alkidemos advancing right,Corinthian helmet,monogram and eagle standing on thunderbolt.Grant H
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PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter, as satrap, 323-305 BC. Tetradrachm74 viewsTetradrachm (Silver, 26mm, 16.30 g 12), Alexandria, circa 313-312.

Head of the deified Alexander III to right, wearing mitra of Dionysos and elephant skin headdress, with aegis around his neck, and with horn of Ammon on his forehead.
Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Athena Alkidemos advancing right, hurling spear with her right hand and with shield over her extended left arm; to right, eagle with closed wings standing on thunderbolt to right with ΔΙ below. SNG Copenhagen 14. Svoronos 33. Zervos Issue XIII. Minor corrosion, otherwise, good very fine.

Extremely rare with tiny K on obverse, Zervos notes only 9 examples from 2 obverse dies.

While the small Δ is commonly found on Ptolemy’s obverse dies, the appearance of the K is extremely rare. It is tempting to assume these are die engraver signatures, but Zervos notes that this is far from proven. Given the diversity of styles found with the Δ mark, it does appear unlikely.
2 commentsLeo
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PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter. As satrap, 323-305 BC. AR Drachm25 views15mm, 3.72 g, 12h
Uncertain standard. In the name of Alexander III of Macedon. Alexandreia mint. Struck circa 311/0-305 BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing elephant skin / Athena Alkidemos advancing right; to right, ΔI and eagle standing right on thunderbolt. Svoronos 34; Zervos Issue 68; SNG Copenhagen –; Noeske –; BMC 15. VF, toned, a hint of porosity. Very rare denomination.
1 commentsLeo
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Ptolemy I Soter66 viewsPtolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy I, 323-283 BC. Bronze.
Obverse- Deified Head of Alexander the Great right, wearing elephant skin headdress.
Reverse- PTOLEMAIOY BASILEOS, eagle with open wings standing on thunderbolt to left.; between legs E.
Svoronos 439, SNG Cop 158, 24mm, 11.94gm.
2 commentsb70
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Ptolemy I Soter31 viewsPtolemy I Soter. 323-285 BC. AR Tetradrachm (15.71gm) Struck 310-285 BC. Head of Alexander r. wearing elephant skin headdress with horn of Zeus Amon and aegis, Δ behind ear. / Athena Alkidemos walking r., with spear & shield. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ. ΑΧ monogram, helmet & eagle stdg on thunderbolt to r. gVF. CNG 50 #949. Lorber CPE I #162; SNG Cop 8 #29; Svoronos 162; Jenkins group e.
2 commentsAnaximander
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Ptolemy I Soter - AE 2220 viewsHead of Alexander the Great right, wearing elephant-skin
ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ , eagle standing left on thinderbolt, wings open
Ginolerhino
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Ptolemy I Soter as Satrap Tetradrachm -- 311-305 BC21 views13.92 g, 28 mm, 0°
Alexandria Mint
Silver Tetradrachm; Very Rough, Edge Chip, Scratches
Minted during reign of Ptolemy I as Satrap
Svoronos 146; SNG Copenhagen 18

Obverse: Head of Alexander III Right with Horn of Ammon, Clad in Elephant's Skin and Aegis.
Reverse: AΛEΣAN∆POY (Of Alexander), Athena Alkidemos (Defender of the People) Advancing Right, Brandishing Spear and Shield; Eagle on Thunderbolt.

Ptolemy I Soter (Savior) (c. 367-283 BC) was a close boyhood friend and later trusted bodyguard and general of Alexander the Great. On Alexander's death, Ptolemy received Egypt as his inheritance. He ruled for 18 years as 'Satrap' of Egypt, but in 305 BC took the title of Pharaoh. He ruled for a further 20 years before dying peacefully in bed, the only of the Diadochi to do so (305-283 BC). He succeeded in creating a stable and prosperous kingdom which his dynasty ruled for 293 years. Most knowledge of Alexander the Great comes from works based on his lost account.
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The design of these tetradrachms are my favorite Alexander coin.. Luckily, I was able to find one in rough, but still beautiful, condition for much less than the common price tag.
Hydro
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Ptolemy I Soter Tetradrachm as Satrap44 viewsPtolemy I Soter. Silver Tetradrachm (15.68 g, 26mm), as Satrap, 323-305 BC. Alexandria, in the name of Alexander III. Overstruck on earlier Alexander tetradrachm, 306-305 BC.
O: Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress, aegis around neck with tiny Δ in scales.
R: AΛEΞANΔPOY in left field, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, wielding javelin and holding forth shield;in right field, monogram, Corinthian helmet right above ΔI and eagle standing right on thunderbolt.
Overstruck, undertype beading visible on obverse just above elephant's ear; on the reverse, portrait of Alexander above eagles head into Athena's shield.

The earlier 17g tetradrachms were withdrawn from circulation in 306/305 BC and reissued after weight adjustment. They were trimmed to remove 1.5g of silver, heated and restruck. This must have been faster than melting them down into bullion and restriking. Some of these issues, such as this one, show the clear evidence of the edges being trimmed, although many do not.

Ptolemy was feeling the financial burden of repelling Antigonus’ invasion and supporting Rhodes through a thirteen-month siege. The government needed extra currency and Egypt produced little or no silver. The recall of the heavy issues meant 8 tetradrachms were restruck into 9 “Crisis Issues” but with no change in the appearance of the dies.
3 commentsNemonater
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Ptolemy I Soter Tetradrachm as Satrap59 viewsPtolemy I Soter. Silver Tetradrachm (15.65 g, 30mm), as Satrap, 323-305 BC. Alexandria, in the name of Alexander III
O: Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress.
R: AΛEΞANΔPOY in left field, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, wielding javelin and holding forth shield;in right field, monogram, Corinthian helmet above and eagle standing right on thunderbolt.
Overstruck, traces of undertype visible.

The earlier 17g tetradrachms were withdrawn from circulation in 306/305 BC and reissued after weight adjustment. They were trimmed to remove 1.5g of silver, heated and restruck. This must have been faster than melting them down into bullion and restriking. Some issues show clear evidence of the edges being trimmed, although many, such as this one, do not.

Ptolemy was feeling the financial burden of repelling Antigonus’ invasion and supporting Rhodes through a thirteen-month siege. The government needed extra currency and Egypt produced little or no silver. The recall of the heavy issues meant 8 tetradrachms were restruck into 9 “Crisis Issues” but with no change in the appearance of the dies.
4 commentsNemonater
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Ptolemy II 23 viewsPtolemy II Philadelphos 285-246 b.c
AE 16
Obverse:Head of Alexander the great wearing elephant skin and aegis
Reverse:Eagle standing on thunderbolt,shield and monogram at left field

16.63mm 6.96gm
Svoronos 601
maik
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Ptolemy II36 viewsPtolemy II
Ptolemy II Philadelphos 285-246 B.C

Obverse:Head of Alexaner the great right wearing elephant skin
Reverse:ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ;Eagle standing left on thunderbolt; EY over monogram at left field

20.75mm 8.31gm

Svoronos 363
maik
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Ptolemy II - AE Obol5 viewsAlexandria
264-256 BC
head of Alexander III right wearing elephant scalp headdress and aegis
eagle standing on lightning left, spread wings
ΠTOΛEMAIOY_ΒAΣIΛEΩΣ
E
Svornos 450
Johny SYSEL
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Ptolemy II - AE Obol2 viewsAlexandria
264-256 BC
head of Alexander III right wearing elephant scalp headdress and aegis
eagle standing on lightning left, spread wings
ΠTOΛEMAIOY_ΒAΣIΛEΩΣ
A
Svornos 424
10,1g
ex Aurea
Johny SYSEL
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Ptolemy II Philadelphos19 viewsBronze Obol, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C. Alexandria mint, 24mm
Obverse: Alexander head right wearing elephant skin headdress
Reverse: ΠTOΛEMAIOΥ BAΣIΛEΩΣ Eagle standing left on thunderbolt wings open
Dk0311USMC
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Ptolemy II Philadelphos, Alexander/ eagle, AE2419 viewsPtolemy II Philadelphos, 285-246 B.C.
24 mm, 11.4 g, Obverse: Head of Alexander the Great as Herakles right, clad in elephant's skin headdress. Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS; eagle standing left on thunderbolt; Theta between legs. ex areich
1 commentsPodiceps
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Ptolemy II Philadelphus, 285-246 BCE14 viewsDiademed head of Ptolemy I Sorter wearing elephant skin .
Obverse - eagle standing left wings open, symbols before
19.9 mm., 7.4 g.
NORMAN K
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Ptolemy II, 283-246 BC5 viewsÆ Obol, 20mm, 6.7g, 12h; Alexandria mint, c. 260 BC
Obv.: Bust of Alexander III in elephant-skin headdress.
Rev.: ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ; Eagle standing left on thunderbolt.
Reference: Svoronos 416 / 16-409-55
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Ptolemy II, Alexander, AE 23, Svoronos 46712 viewsPtolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C. Bronze obol, Svoronos 467, Weiser 33, SNG Cop -, Fair, rough, Alexandria mint, 7.520g, 23.0mm, 0o, post-reform, c. 260 B.C., with central depression; obverse head of Alexander the Great, in elephant scalp headdress, right; reverse “ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ”, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings open, head left, no cornucopia, “Q” between legs. Ex FORVMPodiceps
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Ptolemy II, Philadelphos, Bronze obol, Alexander; Svoronos 45014 viewsPtolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great. Bronze obol, Svoronos 450, SNG Cop -, Weiser 31, aF, Alexandria mint, 10.508g, 22.2mm, 0o, post reform, c. 260 B.C. (with central depression); obverse head of Alexander the Great, in elephant scalp headdress, right; reverse “PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS”, eagle with wings open, standing left on thunderbolt, head left, E between legs. Ex FORVMPodiceps
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Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II (Physcon), Second Reign, AE 27, Svoronos 14938 viewsPtolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II (Physcon), Second Reign, 145 - 116 B.C. Bronze AE 27, Svoronos 1493, SNG Cop 335, Weiser 174 (Ptolemy X, c. 101 B.C.), Noeske 253, Hosking -, Fair, Alexandria mint, 16.813g, 26.1mm, 0o, obverse head of Alexander right wearing elephant-skin head-dress; reverse “ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ”, eagle with spread wings standing left on thunderbolt. Ptolemy VIII's nickname was Physcon, which means potbelly. Weiser assigns the type to Ptolemy X Alexander, presumably because Alexander would favor his namesake as a type, but notes the attribution is hypothetical. Ex FORVM, photo credit FORVMPodiceps
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Q. Caecilius Metellus164 viewsAR denarius. 125 BC. 3,91 grs. Helmeted head of Roma right, ROMA behind, mark of value below chin / Jupiter in biga of elephants left, Victory flying right above. In exergue C.METELLVS.
Craw 269/1. RSC Caecilia 14.

This coin commemorates the victory of Consul L.Caecilius Metellus in Panormus,Sicily, ( 251 BC ) against the Carthaginian troops of Hasdrubal in the first Punic war, and the capture of his elephants. On his return to Rome the Consul is granted the Triumph , for the first time in western history with some elephants.

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Q. Caecilius Metellus - Caecilia-4323 viewsQ. Caecilius Metellus Pius (Imperator). 81 BC. Denarius. (3.91 gm) Spanish mint. Diademed head of Pietas right; stork before / Elephant walking left; Q. C. M. P. I. in ex. Crawford 374/1; Syd 750; SRCV 301; Caecilia-43Bud Stewart
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Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius - AR denarius10 views¹²Cisalpine Gaul (north Italy)
¹²81 BC
diademed head of Pietas right, hair tied in a knot, and wearing earring; stork right
elephant left, bell hanging from its neck
Q·C·M·P·I
¹Crawford 374/1, SRCV I 301, Sydenham 750, RSC I Caecilia 43
²Mark Passehl - Roman moneyer & coin type chronology, 150 – 50 BC
3,9g
ex Aureo & Calicó

Elephant commemorates victory of moneyer's ancestor L. Caecilius Metellus over Hastrubal in the first Punic war 251 BC near Palermo. Seized elephants appeared in his triumph and became the emblem of the family. Moneyer received agnomen Pius in 99 BC for his effort to return his father from exile. Stork is the symbol of Pietas.
Moneyer struck these coins as Imperator in the north Italy where he fought along with Sulla. They held consularship together in 80 BC.
Johny SYSEL
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Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS PIUS ROMAN REPUBLIC; GENS CAECILIA AR Denarius18 viewsOBVERSE: Diademed head of Pietas right; stork standing right before
REVERSE: Q C M P I beneath elephant walking left w/bell hanging from neck
Spanish Mint 81 BC
3.75g; 18mm
Caecilia 43; Crawford 374/1; Syd 750; Sear 301
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Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio128 viewsObverse: Q METEL PIVS - Laureate head of Jupiter facing right
Reverse: SCIPIO IMP - Elephant walking right
Mint : N. African Mint
Date : BC 47-46
Reference : Sear-1379, Cr-459/1, CRI-45, RSC-Caecilia 47
Grade : VF
Weight : 4.02g
Denom: Denarius
Metal : Silver
Acquired: 05/08/04
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Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio39 viewsQ. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio, Imperator, AR Denarius.
Military mint in Africa, legate Eppius, 47-46 BC.
Obverse: Q METELL SCIPIO IMP, laureate head of Africa right in elephant skin headdress, grain ear before, plow below.
Reverse: EPPIVS LEG F C, Hercules standing facing, naked, hand on hip, leaning on club set on a rock.
Caecilia 50, Syd 1051, Cr461/1
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Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS PIUS SCIPIO34 viewsAR denarius. 47-46 BC. Mobile military mint North Africa . 3.45 gm, 12h. Q.METEL. Laureate head of Jupiter right , PIVS below. / Elephant walking right,trunk raised. SCIPIO above,IMP in exergue. Toned. Craw 459/1. RSC Caecilia 47.
Triton VIII, Lot.944 Freeman & Sear FPL 10 Lot 76. Ex Claude collection.
CNG photograph.
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Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS PIUS SCIPIO 86 viewsAR denarius. 47-46 BC. Mobile military mint North Africa . 3.45 gm, 12h. Q.METEL. Laureate head of Jupiter right , PIVS below. / Elephant walking right,trunk raised. SCIPIO above,IMP in exergue. Toned. Craw 459/1. RSC Caecilia 47.
Triton VIII, Lot.944 Freeman & Sear FPL 10 Lot 76. Ex Claude collection.
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Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS PIUS SCIPIO22 viewsObv: SCIPIOIMP - Q.METELL, Small head of Africa right, wearing elephant skin headdress; grain ear to right; plow below.
Rev: LEG.FC - EPPIVS, Hercules standing facing, right hand on hip, leaning on club draped with lion skin and set on rock.
Size: 18mm, 3.51g
Mint: Thapsus? - Military mint traveling with Scipio in Africa 46 BC
ID: Crawford 461/1.
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Q. Caecilius Q.f. Q.n. Metellus Pius Scipio Nasica and M. Eppius - AR Denarius6 viewsUtica
47-46 BC
head of Africa right, laureate and clad in elephant scalp, stalk of grain right, plough below
Q·METELL__SCIPIO·IMP
naked Hercules facing, leaning on club set on rock draped with lion's skin
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Crawford 461/1, SRCV I 1380/1 (large Africa head), BMCRR Africa 10 (same), RSC I Caecilia 50, Sear CRI 44, Sydenham 1051
3,9g
ex Busso Peus

Scipio held consularship in 52 BC. After defeat in Pharsalus he flrd to Africa where he allied with king Juba I. This issue was struck before the battle of Thapsus where he commited suicide.
M Eppius was questor in 52 BC and administrator of field treasury, legatus fisci castrensis (LEG.F.C).
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Q. Metellus Pius Scipio w/ Vespasian Countermark38 viewsQ. Metellus Pius Scipio. Silver Denarius 47-46 BC. Military mint traveling with Scipio in Africa.
O: Q METEL above, PIVS below, laureate head of Jupiter right, c/m: IMP VES (ligate) in incuse rectangle.
R: SCIPIO above, IMP in exergue, elephant advancing right.
- Crawford 459/1; HCRI 45; Sydenham 1050; Caecilia 47.

A Pompeian loyalist, Q. Metellus Pius Scipio introduced the legislation that recalled Caesar from his Gallic command, thus precipitating the Civil Wars. This denarius was struck while Scipio was in supreme command of the Pompeian forces in North Africa, the elephant an obvious reference to the province, and was probably struck during the later stages of the campaign in a mobile mint traveling alongside the forces (stylistically it is quite distinct from the coins of Scipio struck at the provincial capital of Utica). In 46 BC, Caesar finally managed to corner the Pompeians at Thapsus, where he inflicted a crushing defeat. After the battle Scipio committed suicide knowing that, despite Caesar's usual leniency towards his enemies, he would not allow so persistent an foe as Scipio to survive.

The countermark applied during Vespasian's rule is interesting proof that this older coinage continued in circulation.
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Q.CAECILIUS METELLUS30 viewsAR denarius. 46 BC. 3.87 grs. Head of Africa right,wearing elephant's skin ,corn stalk and Q METELL before, SCIPIO IMP behind, plough below. /
Hercules standing facing, leaning on club. EPPIVS on right, LEG F.C. on left. Craw.461/1. RSC Eppia 1, Caecilia 50.
Ex Barry P. Murphy. CNG 728278.
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Q.CAECILIUS METELLUS 85 viewsAR denarius. North Africa mint. 46 BC. 3.87 grs. Head of Africa right,wearing elephant's skin ,corn stalk and Q METELL before, SCIPIO IMP behind, plough below. / Hercules standing facing, leaning on club. EPPIVS on right, LEG F.C. on left. Craw.461/1. RSC Eppia 1, Caecilia 50.
Ex Barry P. Murphy.

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Q.CAECILIUS METELLUS CAPRARIUS16 viewsAR denarius. 125 BC. 3,91 grs. Helmeted head of Roma right, ROMA behind, mark of value below chin / Jupiter in biga of elephants left, Victory flying right above. In exergue C.METELLVS.
Craw 269/1. RSC Caecilia 14.

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Q.CAECILIUS METELLUS CAPRARIUS.71 viewsAR denarius. 125 BC. 3,91 grs. Helmeted head of Roma right, ROMA behind, mark of value below chin / Jupiter in biga of elephants left, Victory flying right above. In exergue C.METELLVS.
Craw 269/1. RSC Caecilia 14.
Marti Herrera 68 ,lot 108.

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QUINTUS CAECILIUS METELLUS19 viewsAR denarius. 81 BC. 3.76 gr. Diademed head of Pietas right. Stork in front. / Elephant walking left. QCMPI (Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius Imperator) in exergue. Toned. Craw 374/01. RSC Caecilia 43.
Ex I. & L. Goldberg.
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QUINTUS CAECILIUS METELLUS 34 viewsAR denarius. 81 BC. 3.76 gr. Diademed head of Pietas right. Stork in front. / Elephant walking left. QCMPI (Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius Imperator) in exergue. Toned. Craw 374/01. RSC Caecilia 43.
Ex I. & L. Goldberg.

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Rama V, King Chulalongkorn the Great (1853- 1910 AD), Thailand40 viewsKing Rama V, AR, 1 baht, R.S. 126, 1907 AD, 31m, 14.9 g, Royal Mint: Bangkok. Obverse: head of Rama V facing L, King's "first" name (สมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาจุฬาลงกรณ์) above, his "last" name (พระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว) below . Reverse: The Coat of Arms of Chulalongkorn--On the top of the coat of arms is the Great Victory Crown of Thailand, the most important royal regalia and the symbol of kingship. Under the crown is the symbol of the Royal House of Chakri, the King's royal family, which is a disc intersected with a trident. The royal multi-tiered umbrellas of state are also present on either side of the crown. To both sides of the coat of arms are the other regalia, the royal sword and the royal baton. In the background is the draped robe - either the Royal robe of the King or the robe of the Order of Chulachomklao - an order created by the King. The supporters are two mythical creatures, one is the Royal Lion, rajasiha, and the other is Elephant Lion, gaja-siha. The shield itself is partitioned into three parts, signifying the Thai part of the Kingdom (the 3-headed elephant) on the top, the Laotian suzerainty (another elephant), and the Malay suzerainty (two "kris", or Malayan short swords). The chain under the Arms is a necklace that is a part of the Order of Chulachomklao. The ribbon under the Arms is inscribed with the motto (in Pali, the language of the Buddhist canon) which may be translated as "Unity brings happiness." Khrueng Thep (กรุงสยาม--Bangkok) left, Rama V (รัชกาลที่) right, one baht (บาทหนึ่ง) below. RS 126 has the regnal date 40 over the 127; EF, Rare.

Rama V, King Chulalongkorn the Great (1853- 1910 AD); during his 42-year reign, King Chulalongkorn (the fifth king of the Chakri Dynasty) succeeded in establishing a government based on the western system, which ultimately paved the way for the present democracy. He reformed the rule of law, established a proper judicial system and introduced compulsory military service, improving the country's national defense. He introduced the Baht (still in use today) as the official currency and made taxes directly payable to the government, cutting out the corrupt middlemen. King Chulalongkorn also set up Siam's first hospital based on western medical practices, the first medical school and a nationwide education system.

The Thai Nation rightly reveres King Chulalongkorn. The preservation of Thailand's sovereignty and independence, in contrast to other Asian countries that capitulated to colonialism, was a direct result of his efforts. His skills of diplomacy abroad and ability to form a central government at home endeared him to the people. His reign was one of the most successful of any monarch in any country in the world and through his vision and leadership; a small, traditional Kingdom was transformed into a modern Nation at the heart of Asian affairs.
(http://www.chiangmai-chiangrai.com/chulalongkorn_rama_5.html)

On his first enthronement, King Chulalongkorn issued a royal decree that all the people born during his reign would be born free; he had determined that slavery should eventually disappear from his realm. In order not to create a social upheaval suddenly, King Rama V took gradual measures to release slaves to freedom, and in 1905 he issued a law for the abolition of slavery. Thus the Thai people won freedom without any struggle.

The first public museum was established by King Rama V in 1880 at the Concordia Building inside the Grand Palace compound. Later, when the viceroy or Uparat position was replaced by the crown Prince position, the Palace of the Uparat or the Front Palace was vacant. In 1887 the museum was moved to the Front Palace and developed to be the National Museum.


In 1917, Siam (Thailand) opened its first university. It was named after this beloved King: Chulalongkorn University was referred to as "the Harvard of Asia" by President Bill Clinton of the United States.

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RIC 0115 Titus Denarius91 viewsTitus Denarius
IMP TITVS CAES VESPSIAN AVG P M
Laureate head right

TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P
Elephant, wearing armor, walking left

3.00g

Rome 80 AD.
RIC 115 (C2); Cohen 303; BMC 44


Ex-Pella Coins and Antiquities

Thick black toning on this denarius makes it tough to photograph. Much nicer in hand.

Commemorates the completion and dedication of the Colosseum and the opening of games in 80 AD, after ten years of construction.
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RIC 0257 Vespasianus35 viewsObv: DIVO AVG VESP / S P Q R (in exergue), Deified Vespasian seated, right, holding sceptre and Victory in car drawn by four elephants with riders
Rev: Legend clockwise, inwardly, from high right: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII
AE/Sestertius 34.94 mm 23.13 g 6 h - Struck in Rome 80-81 A.D.
RIC 257 (R) Titus - BMCRE 221-222 Titus - Paris 229-230 Titus
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RIC 75052 viewsSestertius, 112.
Obv: DIVA AVGVSTA – MARCIANA
Bust of Marciana r., dr.; hair arranged in coils on crown of head, surmounted with crescent-shaped diadem.
Rev: EX SENATVS - CONSVLTO / S C
Marciana (or Vesta) holding patera and sceptre, seated on car drawn by two elephants r.

34mm, 22.60g

Sold on eBay.it (October 21, 2011) for €111, decribed as "ancient reproduction", but without guarantee for authenticity.
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RIC 750-338 viewsSestertius, 112.
Obv: DIVA AVGVSTA – MARCIANA
Similar.
Rev: EX SENATVS - CONSVLTO / S C
Marciana (or Vesta) holding patera and sceptre, seated on car drawn by two elephants r.

Sold on eBay as a copy, April 2012, €19.99
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RIC 862a20 viewsAs, 148-149
Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII
Laur. r.
Rev: MVNIFICENTIA AVG - COS IIII - S C
Elephant r.
27mm, 9.64g
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ric3656 viewsElagabalus
AE, As

Obv: IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped bust right.
Rev: [MVNIFICENTIA AVG], elephant advancing right, star above, S - C in exergue.
26 mm, 9.04 gms

RIC 365
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Roman Diocletian Follis18 viewsBillon Follis

Obv.: IMP DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG; Laur. hd. r.
Rev.: FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN ; Africa stg. facing, hd. l., holding standard and elephant's tusk, lion holding bull's hd. at feet to l. / I in field

SEAR 12754
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ROMAN EMPIRE - GALBA16 viewsGalba Billon Tetradrachm of Roman Alexandria. Dated year 1 = 68 AD. Billon Tetradrachm, RPC 5326. Milne 322, 13.81gm, 24mm, VF.; obverse LOUK LIB COULP GALBA KAIS CEB AVT, laureate head right, LA (date) before; reverse ALEXAN-DPEA, draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant's skin headdress.
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Nero, Tetradrachm, BMC 16352 viewsNero
Billion Tetradrachm
Alexandria, Egypt. 65-66 A.D.
23.2mm. 12.85g.
Die Alignment: 15 degrees
Obv: NEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP - Raidate bust right, wearing aegis.
Rev: AVTOKPA - Draped bust of Alexandria right in elephant skin headdress. LIB to right.
Ref: Milne 238. Koln 172. RPC 5289. Curtis 36-54. Dattari 204. SGI 633. BMC 163. Sear 2004.
Notes: Ex Barry P. Murphy
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Roman Empire, ANTONINUS PIUS. Banti plate coin85 viewsÆ Sestertius (22.43g, Ø32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: AFRICA (around) COS II (in ex.) S C (in field), Africa, draped, wearing elephant skin headdress, standing left, holding a diadem of pearls and cornucopiae.

RIC 574 (R); BMC 1177; Cohen 24; Strack 773; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali : Aelivs - Antoninvs Pivs) 10 (1 specimen, this one illustrated on p.37)

ex CNG printed auction 93; ex Robert O. Ebert Collection; ex Walter Niggeler Collection (Part 3, Leu: Münzen und Medaillen AG, 2 November 1967, lot 1290).
(photo: CNG)
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avers:- CONSTANTIVS-NOB-CAES, Laureate head right.
revers:- FELIX-AD-VENT-AVG-G-N-N, Africa standing right, head left, wearing elephant head headress, standard in right and tusk in left, lion and bull at feet left, H left, PKT in ex.
exerg: H|-//PKT, diameter: 25-28,5mm, weight: 10,38g, axes: 0h,
mint: Carthage, date: 298 A.D., ref: RIC VI 24a,
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Faustina Senior, AE Sestertius16 viewsSesterce de Faustine Mère. Poids: 26,74g. Diamètre: 33,5mm. RIC 1112.
Avers: DIVA FAVSTINA. Buste à droite de Faustine
Revers: AETERNITAS. Faustine tenant un sceptre, assise à droite dans un chariot tracté par deux éléphants avec leurs cornacs.
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Roman Empire, Maximianus, First reign, 286-305 AD53 viewsAE Follis, Carthage mint, 2nd officina. Struck 297-298 AD
Obverse: IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, Laureate head right.
Reverse: FELIX AD-V-ENT AVGG NN, Africa standing facing, head left, wearing elephant skin headdress and holding signum and tusk; at feet to left, lion with captured bull; H in left field; PKS in exergue.
References: RIC VI 23b, RCV 3630, Van Meter 035
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Nero and Agrippina Junior, 55 A.D., Gold aureus14 viewsSH33183. Gold aureus, SRCV I 2042, BnF II 10, RIC I 6, BMCRE I 7, Cohen I 3, VF, scratches and dings, ex jewelry with mounting marks, weight 7.733 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, c. Jan - Nov 55 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVD DIVI F CAES AVG GERM IMP TR P COS, conjoined bare headed busts of Nero and Agrippina Junior (draped) right; reverse AGRIPP AVG DIVI CLAVD NERONIS CAES MATER, seated statues of Divus Augustus and Claudius on car drawn to left by four elephants, EX S C in field; ex G. Marchesi collection (Bologna, c. 1990); rare (R3)Joe Sermarini
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus, AR Denarius35 viewsSeptimius Severus Denarius, Elephant reverse, RIC IV 100, Scarce, Rome Mint

Septimius Severus (193-211 AD). AR Denarius (3.1 g),
Obverse. L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VIIII, Laureate head r.
Reverse. MVNIFICENTIA AVG, Elephant walking r.
Reference: RIC IV:100.
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Roman Imperatorial, 49-48 BC, Julius Caesar83 viewsAR Denarius (2.7g, 17mm, 7h). Rome mint, Struck 49-48 BC.
Obv.: CAESAR in ex., Elephant right, trampling on snake.
Rev.: Simpulum, aspergillum, ax and apex.
Sear (RCV) 353; Seaby (RSC I.) Caesar 111/49
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Julius Caesar, AR Denarius28 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Julius Caesar, 49-44 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.93 g; 19mm).
Military mint travelling with Caesar, 49-48 BCE.

Obverse: Elephant walking right, trampling serpent; CAESAR in exergue.

Reverse: Simpulum, aspergillum, axe and apex.

References: Crawford 443/1: HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; Julia 9.

Provenance: Ex Ploil Collection [NAC 101 (24 Oct 2017), Lot 10]; privately purchased December 1980.

Caesar’s “elephant” issue was massive, with Crawford estimating 750 obverse and 833 reverse dies. Stylistic variations range from elephants depicted accurately to elephants with pig-like characteristics. The CAESAR inscriptions on the well-executed elephant varieties typically have letters with serifs; while inscriptions on the piggish varieties have letters without serifs. Woytek believes the series was struck in Gallia Narbonensis and Hispania Citerior in circa 49BC during Caesar’s campaign against Pompey loyalists in Spain. Other scholars, like Crawford and Sear, believe the issue was commenced shortly after Caesar invaded Italy in 49 and continued until the defeat of Pompey at Pharsalus in 48 BCE. What’s clear is that Caesar struck these coins without authority, as he did not hold the office of moneyer or legate. As for interpretation of this coin type, many scholars, including Crawford and Sear, interpret the obverse (elephant trampling the serpent) as representing good (Caesar) triumphing over evil. Michael Harlan interprets the obverse as blaming the civil war on Pompey’s faction; the elephant representing Pompey’s supporter, Metellus Pius Scipio (whose family badge, frequently seen on Metellan coins, is an elephant), trampling the snake symbol of Salus, the health and safety of Rome. The reverse clearly depicts the emblems of the priesthood and alludes to Caesar’s office of pontifex maximus.
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Julius Caesar, AR Denarius48 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Julius Caesar, 47-6 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.87g; 18mm).
Military Mint in North Africa.

Obverse: Diademed head of Venus facing right, wearing necklace.

Reverse: Aeneas walking left, carrying his aged father, Anchises on his shoulder and the palladium in his right hand; CAESAR in right field.

References: Crawford 458/1; HCRI 55; BMCRR (East) 31-5; Julia 10.

Provenance: Ex Stöcklin Collection [Nomos 14 (17 May 2017) Lot 275]; ex E. J. Haeberlin Collection [Cahn-Hess (17 Jul 1933), Lot 2663].

Struck in Africa near the end of Caesar’s civil war struggle with Pompey, the coin advertises the mythical roots of the Julia gens descent from Venus and Anchises. The obverse depicts the goddess, Venus, while the reverse shows Aeneas carrying his aged father, Anchises, from Troy. Sear thought that among Caesar’s coinage, this issue was second in size only to the "elephant" coinage, and Crawford estimated 390 obverse dies and 433 reverse dies.
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ROMAN IMPERATORS, JULIUS CAESAR - Elephant Walking - Crawford 443/133 viewsJULIUS CAESAR
AR Denarius
16.9mm. 3.6g.
Die Alignment: 270 degrees
Gaul Mint. 49 - 48 B.C.
Obv: CAESAR - Elephant 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.
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ROMAN IMPERATORS, Julius Caesar, AR denarius, 49-48 bc37 viewsC. Julius Caesar, 49-48 BC Denarius (3.80g). in the field. Vs:. From l to r. Culullus, aspergillum Securis and Apex-cap. Rev.: CAESAR, elephant n r. trample a dragon.
Cr. 443/1, Syd. 1006.
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ROMAN IMPERATORS, JULIUS CAESAR, denarius728 viewsDenarius minted in Italy, c.49 BC
CAESAR, elephant walking rigth, trampling on snake
No legend, Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and apex
4.05 gr
Ref : HCRI # 9, RCV #1399, Cohen #49
19 commentsPotator II
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Roman Imperators, Julius Caesar, Denarius47 viewsDate: 44 BC
Mint: Galia
Obverse: Elephant trampling a snake and CAESAR
Reverse: Pontificisl Emblems

Ex Elaine Fantham collection, pic made by CNG.
1 commentsXulodue
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ROMAN IMPERATORS, Julius Caesar, Denarius93 views- Denier, Jules César, Gaule ou Italie, 49 avant J.-C (Argent) RRC. 443/1
Avers : CAESAR à l’exergue. Eléphant passant à droite ; à ses pieds un serpent (ou carnyx, trompette gauloise).
Revers : Anépigraphe. Instrument pontificaux.
3 commentsbgaut
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Roman Imperial: Constantius I, as Caesar (293-305 CE) Æ Follis, Carthage (RIC 24a)24 viewsObv: CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES; Head laureate facing right
Rev: FELIX A - DV - ENT AVGG NN; Africa in elephant-skin headdress standing left holding vexillum and tusk, lion attacking bull at feet, PKT in exergue, H in left field

The H in field indicate that Constantius was a Herculian rather than Jovian Caesar.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous, Gens Caecilia48 viewsAnonymous series with elephant's head.
Denarius 128, AR 19mm., 3.72g.
Helmeted head of Roma r.; behind, *. Rev. Goddess in biga r., holding sceptre and reins in l. hand and branch in r.; below horses, elephant's head with bell attached / ROMA.
Babelon Caecilia 38. Sydenham 496. Crawford 262/1.
3 commentselmele
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius, AR Denarius33 viewsQ. Caecilius Metellus Pius . 81 BC. AR Denarius. Diademed head of Pietas right; stork before / Elephant walking left, Q. C. M. P. I. in exergue.

In 79 BC Metellus was sent to Spain as Proconsul. After repeated failures he defeated Sertorius and was hailed 'Imperator' by the army. He celebrated his victory with magnificent entertainments and it is probably on this occasion that this denarius was struck. The type of the head of Piety was selected in recognition of his title of Pius that he received when he besought the people of Rome to recall his father from banishment.
FabiusMaximus
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Roman, Lead Seal, Snail and Camel, Crescent, #135,265 viewsRoman, Lead Seal, Snail and Camel, Crescent, #135,
Snail and Camel, Crescent.
weight: 4,98g,
diameter: 15,5x10,5mm,
date : cc. 300 A.D.,
" I think that's a camel rising from a shell. The reverse has a figure - probably a shepherd milking a - again probably - goat. The obverse fits into a beloved theme on engraved gems of a large animal rising from a shell (lion, elephant, pegasus, and your camel). Seals share iconography with engraved gems more than coins, so these images appear on lead as well. The reverse image is also well attested on gems. It is part of a wide range of pastoral images that appear on engraved stones. As for this seal, I would say it is definitely Roman. My guess would be around AD 300." by Gert. Thank you Gert.
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RPC II 2425 Vespasianus92 viewsObv: AYTOK KAIΣ ΣEBA OYVEΣΠASIANOY, Laureate head right, date LΓ before
Rev: ALEΞANΔPEIA, Alexandria standing left, wearing elephant skin headdress, wearing cothurni and flying chlamys, wreath in extended right, vexillum in left
BI/Tetradrachm (25.68 mm 11.68 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 70-71 A D
RPC 2425, Dattari 355, SRCV 2378
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus
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RPC II 2565 Domitianus16 viewsObv: AYT KAIΣAP ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓΕΡM, Laureate head right
Rev: ETOYΣ ENATOY, Bust of Alexandria right, with elephant head-dress
AE/Diobol (24.76 mm 9.956 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 89-90 A.D.
RPC II 2565, Dattari 467
Purchased from Dionysos Numismatik on eBay
FlaviusDomitianus
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RPC-2721-Domitian51 viewsÆ Drachm, 19.56g
Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD
Obv: AVT KAI C ΘEOY YIOC ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Emperor in quadriga of elephants r., holding branch of laurel and sceptre; upon elephant's heads Nike r., holding wreath and palm; date LIE in exergue
RPC 2721 (11 spec.).
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2019.

The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 or 11 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was the flamboyant scene of Domitian in a quadriga drawn by four elephants struck for the drachm. This type is unique to Alexandria and does not show up elsewhere in the Flavian numismatic canon. However, the Arch of Titus once supported a bronze sculpture depicting such a scene and the Arch of Domitian described by Martial had two elephant quadrigae. Pompey the Great was the first Roman to employ an elephant quadriga in his triumph of 61 BC. The elephants were too big to fit through one of the gates leading up to the Capitol and they had to be switched out with a team of horses. The ancient authors thought it 'a piquant warning of the dangers of divine self-aggrandizement.' (M. Beard). Yet, by the Flavian era the elephant quadriga was seen as a powerful symbol of triumphal glory - although, there is no evidence that Domitian ever rode in an elephant quadriga in any of his triumphs. After Hadrian's reign, the elephant quadriga on the coinage was soley the realm of the imperial Divi and not the living emperor.

A beautiful coin in hand with a magnificent reverse!
6 commentsDavid Atherton
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Satavahana Empire39 viewsAnonymous, (Later) Satavahana Empire
Dated c.125 CE
Elephant walking right/Tree in rail with large leaves
Mitchiner Volume 9 # 1309
(Andhra (?))


Belisarius
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Satavahana, Nasik Region: Rano Siri Satakarni (2nd-1st Century BC) Æ Karshapana (cf Raphson Pt-I,5)31 viewsObv: Elephant, with trunk upraised, walking right; in front, swastika and standard; double square line-border including fishes and swastika-symbols arranged alternately. Inscription not completely read.
Rev: Right - Tree, with large leaves, within railing; Left - Ujjain symbol surmounted by crescent; in lower corner right nandipada; in upper corner left ray-sun symbol; double square like border

NOTE: The difference between this coin and Raphson-Pt I,5 is that all devices on both sides of the coin are reversed (e.g., the Elephant is facing right instead of left).
SpongeBob
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Sácili As (1)53 viewsObserve: SACILI. Elephant to the right.
Reverse: Horse to the right.
Weight: 8,0 gr. Size: 31 mm.
No FAB; no LV
Dated: About 50 B.C.

Salici mint is the village of Pedro Abad, near Córdoba. This coin is not cataloged yet. I konw at least 4 exemples of this one. This is the worst, but i´ts mine.
Corduba
Seleucids,_Antiochus-III_,_Great_(223-187_BC),_AE_18,_Shield-Head_of_Gorgon_facing,Elephant_r__,_Anchor,_Monogram,_SC_10893a,_WSM-793_Q-001_7h_17,7-18,3mm_4,95g-s.jpg
Seleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 06 Antiochus III., Great, (223-187 B.C.), SC 10893a, AE-18, Elephant, Anchor, monogram, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ /ANTIOXOY, Scarce!,151 viewsSeleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 06 Antiochus III., Great, (223-187 B.C.), SC 10893a, AE-18, Elephant, Anchor, monogram, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ /ANTIOXOY, Scarce!,
avers:- Gorgon's head facing on Macedonian shield.
revers:- Elephant walking right, anchor above, monogram below elephant, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY below.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 17,7-18,3mm, weight: 4,95g, axes: 7h,
mint: Seleucia, Antiochus-III, Great, date: 223-187 B.C., ref: SC 10893a, WSM-793, Scarce!,
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Seleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 08 Antiochus IV., Epiphanes, (175-164 B.C.), SC 1421-1422, AE-14, Elephant's head left, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ /ANTIOXOY, 116 viewsSeleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 08 Antiochus IV., Epiphanes, (175-164 B.C.), SC 1421-1422, AE-14, Elephant's head left, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ /ANTIOXOY,
avers:- Veiled bust of Laodike IV right.
revers:- Elephant's head left, symbols in right fields, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ above and ANTIOXOY below.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 13,0-14,3mm, weight: 4,37g, axes: 1h,
mint: Seleucia, Antiochus IV., Epiphanes, date: 175-164 B.C., ref: SC 1421-1422, Hoover 685,
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Seleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 10 Demetrios I., (162-150 B.C.), Sear 7028, AE-16, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPEY, Elephant's head right.177 viewsSeleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 10 Demetrios I., (162-150 B.C.), Sear 7028, AE-16, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPEY, Elephant's head right.
avers:- No legend, horse's head left.
revers:- BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPEY, Elephant's head right.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 16,0mm, weight: 4,04g, axes: 0h,
mint: Seleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrios I. , date: 162-150 B.C., ref: SNG Israel 1302; Sear 7028.,
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Seleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 10 Demetrios I., (162-150 B.C.), Sear 7028, AE-16, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY, Elephant's head right. #2128 viewsSeleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 10 Demetrios I., (162-150 B.C.), Sear 7028, AE-16, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY, Elephant's head right. #2
avers: No legend, horse's head left.
reverse: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY, Elephant's head right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 16,0mm, weight: 3,63g, axes: 0h,
mint: Seleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrios I. , date: 162-150 B.C., ref: SNG Israel 1302; Sear 7028.,
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Seleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 13 Antiochus VI., Dionysus, (145-142 B.C.), SNG Israel 1806, AE-22 Serrate unit, Elephant walking left, #180 viewsSeleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 13 Antiochus VI., Dionysus, (145-142 B.C.), SNG Israel 1806, AE-22 Serrate unit, Elephant walking left, #1
avers: Radiate head of Antiochus right, wreathed with ivy.
reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY /EΠIΦANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY, Elephant walking left, ΣTA over upright palm branch in right field.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 21,0-22,0mm, weight: 8,51g, axes: 0h,
mint: Seleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos VI. Dionysus, date: 145-142 B.C.,
ref: BMC 42-44, Houghton SC 2006b,
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Seleucid - Alexander I Balas (152-145 BCE)11 viewsMetal/Size: AE16; Weight: 3.3 grams; Denomination: Bronze Unit; Mint: Antioch-on-the-Orontes; Date: 149-147 BCE; Obverse: Head of Dionysos wreathed with ivy, facing right. Reverse: Elephant standing left - BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞANΔΡOY (King Alexander). References: SNG Israel #1477ff; SC #1791; HGC, Vol. 9, #919.museumguy
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Seleucid - Antiochus I (280-261BCE)7 viewsMetal/Size: AE20; Weight: 5.8 grams; Denomination: Bronze Unit; Mint: Antioch-on-the-Orontes; Date: 280-261 BCE; Obverse: Macedonian shield with anchor (Seleucid symbol) in central boss. Reverse: Horned elephant walking right; jawbone below; possible club above - BAΣIΛEΩΣ // ANTIOXOY. Reference: Hoover #148; Sear #6881; BMC #37.museumguy
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Seleucid - Antiochus III (The Great) (222-187 BCE)37 viewsMetal/Size: AE18; Weight: 5.08 grams; Denomination: Bronze Unit; Mint: Military Mint in Coele-Syria; Date: 202-187 BCE; Obverse: Macedonian shield with gorgan in central boss. Reverse: Elephant walking right, anchor above, monogram below; counter marked horse head in center of elephant - BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOΥ (King Antiochus) below, control mark under belly. References: SC #1089; HGC #9, 490.1 commentsmuseumguy
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Seleucid - Antiochus VI Theos or Dionysus (145-142 BCE)5 viewsMetal/Size: AE20; Weight: 8.32 grams; Denomination: Serrate Unit; Mint: Antioch; Date: 145-142 BCE; Obverse: Radiate head of Antiochus right wreathed in ivy Reverse: Elephant walking left, holding torch in raised trunk - ΣTA over star (control symbols) in right field - BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY. References: Houghton-Lorber II, 2006c; SNG Spear #1774; SNG Cop. #304v; HGC 9, #1043 (C-S)museumguy
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Seleucid Demitrios I Soter 6 views Obv. Horse head left surrounded by pellets
Rev. BASILEWS above elephant head DHMHTPIOY below
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SELEUCID KINGDOM - Antiochos III Megas32 viewsSELEUCID KINGDOM - Antiochos III Megas (222-187 BC) AE18. Antioch Mint, countermarked at Ekbatana Obv.: Laureate head of Antiochos right. Rev.: Elephant and rider right, tripod behind. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ Anchor in rectanguar punch and horse head in square punch. Reference: Houghton 76, SC1273, Hoover 514v.dpaul7
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SELEUCID KINGDOM - ANTIOCHUS I33 viewsBronze AE 18, SNG Spaer 257var., gF, 4.938g, 18.6mm, 225o, Mesopotamia, Carrhae mint, obverse macedonian shield decorated with gorgon's head; reverse BASILEWS ANTIOCOU in ex, elephant walking right, anchor above, uncertain control-mark left.dpaul7
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SELEUCID KINGDOM - Antiochus VI24 viewsSELEUCID KINGDOM - Antiochus VI Dionysos ( 145-142 BC) AE serrate – 21mm. Antioch. Obv.: Radiate head of Antiochus as Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy. Rev.: Elephant advancing left, BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY ΣEB EΠIΦANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY. Reference: Sear 7081
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Seleucid Kingdom - Seleucus I Nicator (312-281 BC)50 viewsAR tetradrachm (27mm, 17.17 gm, 8h). Seleucia on the Tigris. ca. 292-291 BC. Laureate head of Zeus right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Athena Promachos, brandishing spear and holding large shield, in quadriga right drawn by elephants; anchor above, Δ behind, Θ above elephants. ESM 63-64. SC 130.22.RobertBohn
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Seleucid Kingdom, Antiochus IV, 175 - 164 B.C.16 viewsSerrate AE 16, Seleucia mint, ; obverse veiled female bust right, monogram left; reverse BASILEWS ANTIOCOU, elephant head left, galley forepart right, uncertain mark left
ecoli
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Seleucid Kingdom, Antiochus VI Dionysus, 144 - c. 142 B.C. - Elephant12 viewsAntiochos VI Dionysos, Seleukid Kingdom, 145 - c.142BC, AE22 Serrate unit. Radiate head of Antiochus right, wreathed with ivy ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ∆ΙΟΝΥΣΟΥ, elephant walking left holding torch in trunk, ΣΤΑ above right, cornucopia right. Hoover 1043; SC 2006; Sear Greece 7081.ddwau
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Seleucid Serrate of Antochus VI10 viewsA Seleucid bronze serrate of Antiochus VI, minted in Antioch between 145-142 BC. 21mm, 8.4g.

Obverse: the curly-haired boy Antiochus VI wearing a radiate crown, but his lower face is off the coin.

Reverse: an image of an war elephant, with the inscription BASILEWS ANTIOXOY SEB [EPIFANOYS DIONYSOY] = "[Coin] of The Sacred King Antiochus Epiphanes Dionysus". The coin is also a serrated or bottlecap type

Attribution: SG 7081
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Seleucid, Antiochus VI, sg708132 viewsSeleucid kingdom of Syria, Antiochus VI, 145-142BC AE Serrate, 22mm 6.48g, Richard Plant 1084, sg7081
O: Radiate head of Antiochus as Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy
R: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY ΣEB EΠIΦANOYΣ ΔIONΥΣOΥ, elephant advancing left with torch

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Seleukid - Demetrios I Soter 162-150 BC16 viewsMint: Antioch; Date: 162-150 BC
Serrated edge, lathing dimple.
Obv: Head of horse left. Boarder of dots.
Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ above, ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ below, Elephant head right. Boarder of dots.
Size: 16mm; 4.1gms
Ref: BMC Vol. 4, Seleucid Kings of Syria, pg.49, No.60,
Sear 7028 / SNG Spaer 1299 / SNG Israel 1302
Brian L
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Seleukid Empire, Demetrius I Soter, AE16 - Serrated6 viewsSyria, Antioch 162-150 B.C. 3.86g - 16.1mm, Axis 12h.

Obv: Horse head left.

Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY - Elephant head right.

Sear 7028.
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Seleukid Empire: Antiochos I Soter (281-261 BCE) Æ Half Chalkous, Antioch on the Orontes (SC 342; HGC 9, 196)10 viewsObv: Macedonian shield with anchor in central boss and six double crescents around
Rev: BA AN; Forepart of a war elephant to right; upright jawbone to left, club to right; ME monogram to the lower left field
Dim: 10.5 mm, 1.53 g, 3 h
Quant.Geek
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Seleukid Empire: Antiochos IV Epiphanes (175-164 BCE) Æ Serrate, Antioch on the Orontes (SC 1407; SNG Spaer 969)6 viewsObv: Veiled and diademed bust of Queen Laodice IV right
Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY; Head of elephant left; tripod behind
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Seleukid Empire: Antiochos VI Dionysos (144-142 BCE) Æ Serrate, Antioch on the Orontes (SC 2006; HGC 9, 1043)10 viewsObv: Radiate and diademed head of Antiochos VI right
Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛNTIOXOY in two lines above, EΠIΦANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY in two lines below; Elephant advancing left, holding torch in trunk; to right, ΣTA above cornucopia



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Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Susa31 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY Athena Promachos brandishing spear and shield in a quadriga of horned elephants right, anchor above IΣO monogram in right field, bee beneath.

SC 178.1; Kritt ESMS S-86 El. 43 dies A11/P-; ESM 327; HGC 9, 18c (R1-2). Susa Mint, 283-281 BC.

(25 mm, 17.17 g, 12h).

Freeman & Sear.

An example of the Susa mint transition from biga to quadriga reverse, using an obverse die previously only recorded in the biga series. This obverse die is not found on any of the previously documented (by Newell and Kritt) elephant quadriga coins of the series. It is the only known example that demonstrates an obverse die link between the biga and quadriga emissions. Moreover, the reverse is struck from a die that has some characteristics that suggest it was re-engraved from an elephant biga to an elephant quadriga. As such this coin is amongst the first of the Susa elephant quadriga chariot issues, probably dated to ca. 282 BC.
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Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, Æ 19 - Antioch on the Orontes ca. 290 BC 12 viewsMale figure (Dionysos as patron god of war elephants) seated on rock holding ankh (elephant goad).
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY Horned elephant head right, [Ξ] in exergue.

SC 25; HGC 9, 78; CSE 12; WSM 929.
Struck ca. 290 BC.

(19 mm, 6.47 g, 12h).

Perhaps a few dozen examples of this coin type have survived to this day. This coin may have come from the same recently uncovered hoard, which saw five examples with identical patina come to market ove a period of eighteen months. Newell in WSM recorded seven specimens of this coin type, which he interpreted to be the last issue under Seleukos at Antioch, struck in celebration of Seleukos' victory over Lysimachos at Korupedion in 281 BC. Recently, Lorber and Houghton in "An Early Seleucid Bronze Hoard" (Israel Numismatc Journal 17, 2009-10, p. 15-33) convincingly re-interpreted the obverse motif with an association to the Battle of Ipsos and a probable dating to ca. 290 BC.
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Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, Æ 19 - Antioch on the Orontes ca. 290 BC11 viewsMale figure (Dionysos as patron god of war elephants) seated on rock holding ankh (elephant goad).
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY Horned elephant head right, [Ξ] in exergue.

SC 25; HGC 9, 78; CSE 12; WSM 929.
Struck ca. 290 BC.

(19 mm, 7.09 g, 12h).

Perhaps a few dozen examples of this coin type have survived to this day. This coin may have come from the same recently uncovered hoard, which saw five examples with identical patina come to market ove a period of eighteen months. Newell in WSM recorded seven specimens of this coin type, which he interpreted to be the last issue under Seleukos at Antioch, struck in celebration of Seleukos' victory over Lysimachos at Korupedion in 281 BC. Recently, Lorber and Houghton in "An Early Seleucid Bronze Hoard" (Israel Numismatc Journal 17, 2009-10, p. 15-33) convincingly re-interpreted the obverse motif with an association to the Battle of Ipsos and a probable dating to ca. 290 BC.
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Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, Æ 21 - Apamea on the Axios 29 viewsElephant standing right.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY Bridled horned horse's head left, anchor beneath.

SC 35; HGC 9, 79; CSE 415; WSM 1128; SNG Spaer 50-52; SNG Copenhagen 40; Sear GCV 6850.
Apamea on the Axios Mint 300-281 BC.

(21 mm, 7.86 g, 12h).

Seleukos I established Apamea on the Axios (a tributary of the upper Orontes River) in Syria around 300 BC. Named in honour of his Baktrian wife, Apama, it was developed on the site of the former Macedonian military colony of Pella. It became the primary Seleukid military depot and arsenal. In Apamea, Seleukos maintained his 500 war elephants and more than 30,000 horses to serve the needs of his cavalry, as well as an arsenal of weaponry and facilities for the manufacture of arms. For the next five generations, Seleukid military campaigns were mounted from Apamea.

The coin type is rare, with all known find locations being located in Syria, but with no control, or design linkages to any other emission from the Seleukid Syrian mints of the time. Newell placed this coin as the sole issue of Apamea during the reign of Seleukos I. This attribution was based on the absence of any linkage to any other Syrian mints and the iconography of the coin, which he felt reflected the military role and significance of Apamea. In the obverse he saw the war elephants, which were the pride of Seleukos’ army, while in the reverse he saw a reference to the powerful Seleukid cavalry, both of which were based at Apamea.

The iconography of the coin bears a striking similarity to the tetradrachm issues of Pergamon in Seleukos name in 281 BC, following the defeat of Lysimachos in the Battle of Korupedion. This short-lived emission is unique. Newell believed that it was possibly inspired by the Apamea bronze coinage, suggesting that the latter may have been struck at the time Seleukos was assembling his forces at Apamea for the decisive encounter with Lysimachos. Some of these coins may then have accompanied his soldiers into Asia Minor, eventually to find their way with his soldiers to Pergamon, where the type served as the model for the brief silver emission celebrating Seleukos’ victory at Korupedion.
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SELEUKID KINGDOM--(03) ANTIOCHOS III The Great60 views223 - 187 BC
AE 17 mm 4.79 g
O: Macedonian shield, gorgon in center
R: Elephant walking R
Coele-Syria, after 202 BC
(ex Sarasota Rare Coins)
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SELEUKID KINGDOM--(04) ANTIOCHOS IV EPHIPANES28 views175-164 BC
AE 15 mm, 3.78 g
O: Veiled and diademed bust of Queen Laodice IV right
R: Head of elephant left
laney
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SELEUKID KINGDOM--(04) ANTIOCHUS IV EPIPHANES 21 views175 - 164 B.C.
AE 15.5 mm; 4.42 g
O: Veiled and diademed bust of Laodike IV right;
R: [ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ] ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, elephant head left, tripod right;control mark in exe.
Antioch on the Orontes mint,
Houghton-Lorber II 1407, SNG Spaer 963 ff., Hoover Syrian 684 (R1)
laney
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Seleukid Kingdom. Antiochos IV Epiphanes.14 viewsSeleukid Kingdom. Antiochos IV Epiphanes.
175-164 BCE Æ 17 (17.0mm, 4.0 g, 12 h).
Ake-Ptolemaïs mint, Struck 175-ca.173/2 B.C.E.
Obverse: Diademed, veiled and draped bust of
Laodike IV right; monogram behind
Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, head of elephant
left; prow to lower right; monogram above
elephant's trunk.
SC 1477.2; HGC 9, 686; SNG Spaer 1102.
NORMAN K
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SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Antiochos III ‘the Great’. 222-187 BC. 15 viewsObv. Facing gorgoneion on Macedonian shield.
Rev. Elephant advancing right; above, anchor lying right.
SC 1089.1; SNG Spaer -. Near VF.
Uncertain military mint in Coele-Syria. Struck circa 202 BC or later.
17mm, 4 grams
Canaan
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Seleukos I Nikator / Quadriga of Elephants22 viewsSeleukos I Nikator. 312-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.13 g, 4h). Seleukeia on the Tigris II mint. Struck circa 296/5-281 BC.
O: Laureate head of Zeus right
R: BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King) left, Athena, brandishing spear and shield, in quadriga of elephants right; anchor above,ΣEΛEYKOY (Seleukos), two monograms in exergue.
- SC 130.20c corr. (monogram); ESM – (but obv. die A42); HGC 9, 18a; NFA XXII, lot 339 (same dies); CNG 96 lot 530 (Same Dies).

For this variety, 130.20c, SC cites NFA XXII, lot 339, but the monogram is not clear in the photograph. The present coin, from the same dies as the NFA piece, clearly shows that the diagonal line in the lower left of the monogram is not present.

Seleucus I was the founder of the Seleucid dynasty. His kingdom at its highest point extended from Thrace and Asia Minor in the West to Bactria in the East and from the Black Sea in the north to the borders of Egypt in the South. Out of all of the Successors of Alexander the Great, he was the one who came closest to restoring the entirety of the Macedonian Empire. Although Seleucus had been appointed satrap of Babylonia by an assembly of Alexander’s former generals in 321 BC, Antigonos, who was made strategos of Asia at the same time sought to remove the satraps that he could not control and thereby become the new master of Alexander’s Empire. Realizing the danger, Seleucus escaped from Babylon to the Egyptian court of Ptolemy. With Ptolemy’s assistance, Seleucus was able to return to Babylon and reclaim his satrapy in 312 BC. In 306/5 he embarked upon an eastern campaign to gain control of the Upper Satrapies.

This series of tetradrachms served as a reminder of the 500 war elephants Seleukos received in settlement with Chandragupta in the Peace of 303. The treaty is celebrated on the reverse which depicts a militant Athena being pulled by four elephants equipped with horned headdresses.

Elephants were the equivalent to the tank of the ancient Greek world. The elephants of Chandragupta had a pivotal role to play in Seleucus’ reign. Thanks to their timely arrival at the Battle of Ipsos (301 BC), it was possible for Seleucus and his allies to defeat and kill Antigonos, thereby ending an ever-present threat to his security. With Antigonos gone, Seleucus could safely rule his eastern kingdom. In 281 BC Philetairos and other cities and rulers of western Asia Minor invited Seleucus to march west and destroy his sometime ally, Lysimachos, who had made himself very unpopular in the region. Seleucus acquiesced to this request, defeating and killing Lysimacus at the Battle of Korupedion. This victory gained for Seleucus all of Lysimacus’ former territory in Asia Minor and Thrace, but he was not able to savour this triumph for long. Later in the year, as he marched through Thrace, Seleucus was murdered by a refugee from the Ptolemaic court.
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Seleukos II, Kallinikos34 views Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos II, Kallinikos, AE 18, Ekbatana. Obv: Diademed head of Seleukos II r.; Rev: BASILEWS SELEYKOY, elephant standing r., with mahout. SC 820, Hover HGC 9, 371 (R2).Molinari
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Seleukos IV, 187-175 BC3 viewsÆ serrate denomination C, 15mm, 3.2g, 12h; Antioch on Orontes.
Obv.: Veiled head of Laodice IV (?) right.
Rev.: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY; Head of elephant left, AT monogram to right.
Reference: SNG Spaer 914, 16-355-75
John Anthony
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Septimius Severus198 viewsSeptimius Severus Denarius. 197 AD. Rome mint, L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VIIII, laureate head right / MVNIFICENTIA AVG, Elephant (possibly wearing cuirass) walking right. RIC 100, RSC 349

In 197, Septimius Severus returned to Rome and executed about 30 of Albinus' supporters in the Senate. After his victory he declared himself the adopted son of the late Marcus Aurelius. This type refers to games held to celebrate the victory over Albinus before departing on his second Parthian campaign. They are mentioned by the vita Severi: "He then set out for the Parthian war, after holding gladiatorial games and distributing a largesse to the people."
8 commentsNemonater
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Septimius Severus 12 viewsSeptimius Severus. AD 193-211. Æ Sestertius (31mm, 26.45 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 194. Laureate bust right, slight drapery / Africa standing right, wearing elephant skin headdress and holding grain ears; at feet to right, lion standing right. RIC IV 668; Banti 8. Near VF, green-brown patina, a few scratches.ecoli
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SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS AR Denarius7 viewsOBVERSE: L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VIIII, laureate head right
REVERSE: MVNIFICENTIA AVG, Elephant wearing cuirass walking right
Struck at Rome, 196 197 AD
3.63g, 17mm
RIC 100, RSC 349
Legatus
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Septimius Severus denarius27 views197 AD, Rome mint
17mm, 3.4g
RIC IV, p. 103, 100 (S).

The type refers to the games that Septimius gave at Rome in spring 197 AD before departing on his second Parthian expedition, which are also mentioned in the vita Severi XIV.11: "Then, after giving a gladitorial show and bestowing largess upon the people, he set out for the Parthian war."

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Septimius Severus denarius20 views Obv. SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VIII, Laureate head right
Rev. MVNIFICENTIA (AVG) Elephant advancing right
Skyler
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Septimius Severus Elephant18 viewsSeptimius Severus - Roman Emperor: 193-211 A.D. -
Silver Denarius 17mm (2.3 grams) Rome mint: 196 A.D.
Reference: RIC 82, C 348
OBV: LSEPTSEVPERTAVGIMPVIII - Laureate head right.
REV: MVNIFICENTIAAVG - Elephant advancing right.

RARE
Romanorvm
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Septimius Severus RIC 207a45 viewsDenarius (3.98 - 18mm)
obv. SEVERVS PIVS AVG
laureate head right
rev. P M TR P XV COS III P P
Africa standing half right, wearing elephant scalp headdress, with right holding out drapery with fruits in the fold, lion at her feet right
Rome mint AD 207
RIC 207
1 commentsHG
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Septimius Severus RIC IV, 10040 viewsSeptimius Severus, AD 193-211
AR - denarius, 3.6g, 18mm
Rome, AD 197
obv. L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VIIII
Head, laureate, r.
rev. MVNIFICENTIA AVG
Elephant, cuirassed, walking r.
ref. RIC IV/1, 100; C.349; BMCR 225, pl. 10.18
S!, about VF

The cross-hatched structure we see usually on elephant I too hold for the depiction of its wrinkled skin. But here I think it is a cuirass! For further discussions about the problem of the cuirassed elephant please look at the related threads in FORVM!
2 commentsJochen
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Septimius Severus, 193 - 211 AD19 viewsObv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate bust of Septimius Severus facing right.

Rev: AFRICA, Africa standing right, wearing an elephant-skin headdress, emptying crops from the fold of her dress, a lion at her feet.

Note: This coin was issued to commemorate a visit by Septimius Severus to his native Africa in 207 AD.

Silver Denarius, Rome mint, 207 AD

3.4 grams, 18.5 mm, 180°

RIC IVi 253, RSC 25, S6260, VM 8/1

Ex: FORVM
SPQR Coins
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Septimius Severus, 193 - 211 AD19 viewsObv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head of Septimius Severus facing right.

Rev: PM TRP XV COS III PP, Africa, wearing an elephant-skin headdress, standing right, holding out drapery of gown with fruits in its fold, snake in left hand (?); at her feet is a lion facing right.

Note: Commemorates the emperor's visit to his native Africa in 207 AD.

Silver Denarius, Rome mint, 207 AD

3.1 grams, 19 mm, 0°

RIC IVi 207, RSC 493, S6341, VM 118/1
SPQR Coins
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Septimius Severus, Denarius, AFRICA5 viewsAR Denarius
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 202 - 210AD
19.6mm 1.90gr 6h
O: SEVERVS PIVS AVG; Laureate head, right.
R: AFRICA; Africa, reclining left, wearing elephant skin headdress, holding scorpion and cornucopiae, basket of corn ears at feet.
Rome Mint
RIC IV-1 Rome 254; Cohen 31.
Aorta: 749: B3, O81, R16, T2, M4.
Naville Numismatics/Mattia Torre Auction 49, Lot 496.
5/12/19 7/5/19
Nicholas Z
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Septimius Severus, Denarius, PM TR P XV COS III PP11 viewsAR Denarius
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 207AD
18.5 x 17.5mm 2.90gr
O: SEVERVS PIVS AVG; Laureate bust, right.
R: PM TR P XV COS III PP; Africa standing right, wearing elephant headdress, resting hand on hip, holding out folds of drapery and holding grain, lion to right at feet.
Rome Mint
RIC IV Septimius Severus 207; Sear 6341; RSC 493.
Aorta: 805: B3, O81, R255; T3, M4.
Roma Numismatics E-Sale 41, Lot 838.
12/4/17 12/23/17
Nicholas Z
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Septimius Severus, Elephant128 viewsSeptimius Severus, 193-211
3.1g; Ar Denarius

L SEPT SEV PERT-AVG IMP VIII
Laureate head right

MVNIFICENTIA AVG
Cuirassed elephant advancing right

Year 197; RIC 100 Rome
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Septimus - Africa48 viewsObverse: SEVERVS PIVS AVG - Laureate head right
Reverse: AFRICA Africa standing r. wearing elephant-skin headdress, lion at her feet.
Mint : Rome
Date : AD 207
Reference : BM-309, C-25 (3 Fr.), RIC-253
Grade : VF
Weight : 3.43g
Denom: Denarius
Metal : Silver
Acquired: 07/07/04

Comments: Scarce: 18 specimens in Reka Devnia hoard. This type was struck in AD 207 to commemorate an Imperial visit to Severus' home province of Africa that year. During this trip he gave honours to the Punic god of healing (equivalent to the Roman Aesculapius), so it seems very likely that Severus was suffering some illness at the time.
Bolayi
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Septimus Severus, Africa with Snake62 viewsObverse: SEVERVS PIVS AVG - Laureate head right.
Reverse: P M TR P XV COS III P P - Africa standing right wearing elephant skin headdress and holding a snake in left hand; at feet to right, a lion.
Mint : Rome
Date : AD 207
Reference : RIC IV 207, BMCRE 531, RSC 493
Grade : EF
Weight : 3.05g
Denom : Denarius
Metal : Silver
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Shahis of Ohind 14 viewsShahis of Ohind AE Jital of Vakka Deva around 870 AD

Diameter 18mm and 1.9 grams.

Obv. Elephant facing left with the name "Sri Vakka Deva" above in Nagari.

Rev. Lion to the right with gaping mouth, tongue out and one front paw raised. Diamond symbol in the rump.
Paul R3
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Sicily, Syracuse. Pyrrhus (Circa 278-275 BC)32 viewsAE 23mm, 11.43 g

Obverse: Head of Heracles l., wearing lion's headdress; in r. field, cornucopiae.

Rev. Athena Promachos standing r., holding spear and shield; in l. field, thunderbolt.

SNG Copenhagen 811. Calciati 177.

Pyrrhus was king of the Greek tribe of Molossians (west coast of Greece) and later became king of Epirus. One of the greatest military commanders of the ancient world, Pyrrhus took a large army to southern Italy at the behest of the Greek colony of Tarentum in their war against Rome. With his superior cavalry, deadly phalanx, and 20 elephants, Pyrrhus defeated the Romans in a succession of battles but at great cost. After a victory at Apulia (279 BC) where Pyrrhus lost 3,500 men including many officers, he famously commented that, "If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined." It is from this semi-legendary event that the term Pyrrhic victory originates.

In 278 BC, the Greek cities in Sicily asked Pyrrhus to help drive out Carthage, which along with Rome was one of the two great powers of the Western Mediterranean. While successful, his request for manpower and money from the Sicilians for a fleet to blockade Carthage’s final stronghold was met with resistance, forcing Pyrrhus to proclaim a military dictatorship of Sicily and install military garrisons in Sicilian cities. These actions were deeply unpopular and with Sicily growing increasingly hostile to Pyrrhus, he abandoned Sicily and returned to Italy to fight another inconclusive battle against the Romans. Pyrrhus soon ended his campaign in Italy and returned to Epirus.

In 274 BC he captured the Macedonian throne in a battle against Antigonus Gonatus II. But two years later while storming the city of Argos, Pyrrhus was killed in a confused battle at night in the narrow city streets. While fighting an Argive soldier, the soldier's mother, who was watching from a rooftop, threw a tile which knocked Pyrrhus from his horse and broke part of his spine, paralyzing him. His death was assured after a soldier beheaded his motionless body.

Athena Promachos ("Athena who fights in the front line") was a colossal bronze statue of Athena. Erected around 456 BC in Athens, the Athena Promachos likely memorialized the Persian Wars. The very first specific archaistic Athena Promachos coin image was depicted on coins that were issued by Alexander the Great in 326 BC. Ten years later, the Athena Promachos appeared on coins issued by Ptolemy in Alexandria. Pyrrhus' alliance with Ptolemy (I and II) and admiration of Alexander the Great (they were second cousins) undoubtedly inspired the design of this coin with Heracles on obverse (like Alexander's coins) and Athena Promachos on the reverse.
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SNGIs 967 Antiochos IV AE 20.20 viewsSNGIs 967 Antiochos IV AE 20. Tyre mint. Veiled female bust right / Elephant head left.
Antiochos IV, Epiphanes (175 - 164 A.C.)
Coin #655
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Sodasa: Anonymous (1st century CE) Pb 1/2 Unit (BMC, p. 190, 136-7)13 viewsObv: The goddess Lakshmi standing facing, holdng a lotus; Brahmi legend Mahakhatapasa putasa khatapasa Sodasasa around
Rev: Abhisekha of Lakshmi: the goddess standing facing, watered by an elephant on lotus on either side
Dim: 17 mm, 4.90 g
Quant.Geek
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Sogdiana, Ustrushana: Satachari II (ca. 7th century) AE cash (Smirnova-1427)18 viewsObv: elephant facing left
Rev: tamgha
SpongeBob
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Sri Vakka Deva Copper Unit, c.870-1008 AD, Shahi State, Kabul52 viewsObv. Elephant walking left, inscription above
Rev. Lion seated right with paw raised

Special thanks to Steve E for character identification
1 commentsSkyler
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Sunga dynasty19 viewsSunga Dynasty 1/4 Karshapana 185-173 BC
Cast Copper approx 14mm diameter 1.6gr
Obverse..Elephant without (top coin) with (bottom coin) rider.
Reverse..Chaitya, with crescent above.
Mitchiner ACW-4366
Paul R3
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SUNGA DYNASTY (185 - 75 B.C.)72 viewsÆ ½ KARSHAPANA
O: Bull, elephant, swastika and staff symbols.
R: Hill, cross and tree symbols.
3.1g
14 x 15mm
MACW-4348
3 commentsMat
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Sunga Dynasty, c. 200 BC9 viewsAE 17, 3.0 g. Cast copper. Obverse: Elephant advancing left, horizontal Indra-dhavaja below, taurine above. Reverse: Railed tree on right, 3-arched hill with hollow cross below on left.Celticaire
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Syria, Apameia, BMC 1538 viewsSYRIA, Seleukis and Pieria, Apameia
Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus right.
Reverse: AΠAMEΩN THΣ EIΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY KΛ, Elephant standing right, date H before
Minted: Pompeian Era year 8 (57/6 B.C.)
Size: Weight: 8.98 g. Diameter: 21 mm
Ids: HGC 9, 1420 ,BMC 15, Lindgren I 2036, SNG München 794
1 commentsickster
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Syria, The Great Colonnade at Apamea119 viewsApamea, on the right bank of the Orontes River, was a treasure city and stud-depot of the Seleucid kings, and was the capital of Apamene. Its site is found about 55 km (34 mi) to the northwest of Hama, Syria, overlooking the Ghab valley.

Previously known as Pharmake, it was fortified and enlarged by Seleucus I Nicator in 300 B.C., who so named it after his Bactrian wife, Apama. The fortress was placed upon a hill; the windings of the Orontes, with the lake and marshes, gave it a peninsular form. Seleucus had his commissariat there, 500 elephants, with 30,000 mares, and 300 stallions. The pretender, Diodotus Tryphon, made Apamea the basis of his operations.

Josephus relates, that Pompey marching south from his winter quarters, probably at or near Antioch, razed the fortress of Apamea in 64 B.C. and the city was annexed to the Roman Republic. In the revolt of Syria under Q. Caecilius Bassus, it held out against Julius Caesar for three years till the arrival of Cassius, 46 B.C.
Located at a strategic crossroads for Eastern commerce, the city flourished to the extent that its population eventually numbered half a million. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis. The city boasted one of the largest theaters in the Roman world, and a monumental colonnade.

On the outbreak of the Jewish War, the inhabitants of Apamea spared the Jews who lived in their midst, and would not suffer them to be murdered or led into captivity.
Destroyed by Chosroes I in the 6th century, it was partially rebuilt and known in Arabic as Famia, and destroyed by an earthquake in 1152. In the Crusades it was still a flourishing and important place and was occupied by Tancred.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apamea,_Syria

The ancient city has been damaged as a result of the ongoing civil war in Syria.
Joe Sermarini
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Taras 280-272 Stater74 viewsCALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 280-272 BC. Stater (Silver, 21mm, 6.22 g 5), Aristipp..., Gy... and Di.... ΑΡΙΣ / ΤΙΠΠ Nude male figure standing right, crowning horse ridden by young jockey to left; above to right, ΓΥ. Rev. ΤΑΡΑΣ Phalanthos, nude, riding dolphin to right, holding arrow in his right hand and bow in his left; below right, elephant; below dolphin’s tail, ΔΙ. HN III 1000. Vlasto 732. Toned but with an obverse struck from a worn die, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.

The Tarentine didrachm was reduced from approximately 7.5g to 6.5g after 281 BC to help pay for Pyrrhus’ campaigns against the Romans.
2 commentsLeo
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Taxila, City Coinage, Elephant/Lion Type8 viewsmitresh
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Taxila, City Coinage, Elephant/Lion Type7 viewsmitresh
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Taxila: Anonymous (185-168 BCE) Æ 1 1/2 karshapana (AICR 1083-4; MACW 4404-7; HGC 12, 774)19 viewsObv: Elephant advancing right; before, plant
Rev: Horse prancing left; above, star
Dim: 20x15 mm, 9.51 g, 12 h
1 commentsQuant.Geek
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Thailand: Ayuthia (ca. 1350-1564) AR 1/4 Baht (MNI-2711)19 viewsObv: Elephant standing right
Side: Conch Shell
Rev: Blank
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Tiberius, RIC 68, for Divus Augustus, sestertius of AD 36-37 (Elephant quadriga)38 viewsÆ sestertius (24.3g, Ø36mm, 12h) Rome mint, struck AD 36-37.
Obv.: DIVO / AVGVSTO / SPQR in three lines above four elephants with their riders advancing left drawing an ornamented car with the statue of Augustus holding a branch and a sceptre.
Rev.: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST PM TR POT XXXIIX around large S C.
RIC (Tiberius) 68 (R); BMC 138:125; Cohen 305; Sear (RCV 2K) 1784; Foss (RHC) 56:4
ex 19th century British collection
Charles S
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Tiberius, RIC 68, for Divus Augustus, sestertius of AD 36-37 (Elephant quadriga)33 viewsÆ sestertius (27.35g, Ø35mm, 12h) Rome mint, struck AD 36-37.
Obv.: DIVO / AVGVSTO / SPQR in three lines above four elephants with their riders advancing left drawing an ornamented car with the statue of Augustus holding a branch and a sceptre.
Rev.: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST PM TR POT XXXIIX around large S C.
RIC (Tiberius) 68 (R); BMC 138:125; Cohen 305; Sear (RCV 2K) 1784; Foss (RHC) 56:4
ex Jean Elsen (Bruxelles) auct. 65 lot 12; ex: collection Louis-Robert Casterman
1 commentsCharles S
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Titus81 viewsDenarius 80 B.C Rome
Av: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM
laureate head right
Rv: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII PP
Elephant left
Condition: good very fine, toning
2.9 gm, 18 mm
RIC: 22a

4 commentsSoxfan
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Titus AR Denarius, Elefant.39 viewsTitus AR Denarius, Date: 79-81 AD. Size: approx 18mm/3.1g Mint: Rome
Obverse: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM - Laureate head right.
Reverse: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P - Elephant left.
_13250 _sold :o(
2 commentsAntonivs Protti
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TITUS Denarius RIC 115, Elephant36 viewsOBV: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head right
REV: TRP IX IMP XV COS VIII PP, elephant walking left


Minted at Rome, 80 AD
2 commentsLegatus
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Titus denarius with the Elephant reverse98 viewsTitus/Elephant denarius. Minted in Rome. 80 AD.
Grs 3,10 and 16 mm.
Observe : IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M. Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, looking right. Reverse : TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P. Elephant, standing left.
RIC 115. Cohen 303.
Rarity : C2.
3 commentslabienus