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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:

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

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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. 

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Markianopolis

Diadumenian

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?

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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. 

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SEVERUS ALEXANDER
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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