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The Thinking Man's Drinking Thread... or is it the other way 'round?


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Coins celebrating drunkenness, the love of drinking, drunken acts and or coins you might've purchased while inebriated is the name of the game. 

I'll kick off the show with a bevy of belligerent boozie beauties:







Or how about a good ole drunk Kevin at the mint???


Good thing I'm here drinking or I wouldn't have thought up this Drinking man's thinking thread... or is it the other way 'round?

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I can bring some grapes to the party. 




AE16 (Assarion)

Obverse: K M OΠEΛΛIOC ANTΩNEINOC, draped and cuirassed bust right

Reverse: MAΡKIANOΠOΛEITΩN, bunch of grapes


Though we may need Lucy  to help us get them ready for drinking.

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Can't have a party without vino! Here's a coin from Sala in Lydia. Herakles is sometimes portrayed as a drunk in ancient statues. I wonder if he could beat Andre the Giant in a drinking competition?

Who would you put your money on?


Lydia, Sala, Pseudo-autonomous Æ 1/3 assarion

Circa 2nd - 3rd century AD
Obverse: Bearded, laureate head of Herakles right. 
Reverse: СΑΛΗ-ΝΩΝ; Grape bunch on vine. 
References: SNG von Aulock -; SNG Cop  433-4; BMC 24; GRPC Lydia 35; Lindgren & Kovacs 798.
15mm; 2.18g 


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Judging from the variable and sometimes awkward legends found on provincial coins of Alexandria Troas, it's very possible the mint workers there may have been die-engraving under the influence. 🥴 They may even have taken inspiration from the reverse of the following type depicting an inebriated Herakles partying with Pan and his satyrs. 


AE25. 6.37g, 25mm.
TROAS, Alexandria Troas, circa AD 222-235. RPC Online temp #3987 var. (obv legend); Bellinger A335.
O: IM AR ƧE AΛEXANDROS, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: COL AV-G TROA, drunken Herakles stumbling right, an arm around the shoulder of Pan to his right, a satyr on his left holding his hand and another behind him supporting (or restraining) him with both arms.

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Here's my best related coin (have got a few others featuring grapes and amphoras though)
-may post those later-
Bacchus (and ivy+grapes) Obverse, and a mask of Silenus with panther reverse!
Vibius Varus 42 BC Denarius

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