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Hi Everyone,

Happy Saturday!

As I've mentioned before, I'll be focusing on coins with reptiles for a while.

In order to raise the money to get my Herod Antipas coins earlier this year, I sold a couple of coins to my brother.  One was my Nemausus dupondius with the crocodile and the other was my Augustus denarius with the comet.  Although I miss having them in my collection, the advantage of having a family member that collects the same thing you do is that pretty much nothing will leave the family. lol

After Herbert died, I especially missed having the dupondius.

The generosity of the other forum has followed to this forum, unsurprisingly.  You are all incredibly generous!

@Qcumbor messaged me a couple of weeks ago offering me a crocodile to replace my old one.  I was and still am very excited about it!

This dupondius was cut in half to make change (AE As).  But, it has an excellent portrait of Augustus and a very cute, full crocodile.  I admire the cutter for making the perfect cut!

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This one, although cut, is far less worn than my other one and I like it a lot better.

Thank you again, @Qcumbor, and to everyone for your continued support and encouragement!

Please show your reptiles!  I would love to add to my wish list. 😄

Erin

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13 minutes ago, airhead1983 said:

Hi Everyone,

Happy Saturday!

As I've mentioned before, I'll be focusing on coins with reptiles for a while.

In order to raise the money to get my Herod Antipas coins earlier this year, I sold a couple of coins to my brother.  One was my Nemausus dupondius with the crocodile and the other was my Augustus denarius with the comet.  Although I miss having them in my collection, the advantage of having a family member that collects the same thing you do is that pretty much nothing will leave the family. lol

After Herbert died, I especially missed having the dupondius.

The generosity of the other forum has followed to this forum, unsurprisingly.  You are all incredibly generous!

@Qcumbor messaged me a couple of weeks ago offering me a crocodile to replace my old one.  I was and still am very excited about it!

This dupondius was cut in half to make change (AE As).  But, it has an excellent portrait of Augustus and a very cute, full crocodile.  I admire the cutter for making the perfect cut!

1834101041_AEAsAugustusCroc10-14AD2.jpg.b5ee7a77e831036c4aeca1162b8264f4.jpg1099614144_AEAsAugustusCroc10-14AD1.jpg.6665d89511a398e9541d8ef675a367a3.jpg

This one, although cut, is far less worn than my other one and I like it a lot better.

Thank you again, @Qcumbor, and to everyone for your continued support and encouragement!

Please show your reptiles!  I would love to add to my wish list. 😄

Erin

Oh, WOW, Erin! Thats a GREAT one! Congrats!

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@airhead1983... Lovely looking Croc!......

I only have one and it's not as nice as yours...

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Antoninus Pius, 138 - 161 AD
Billon Tetradrachm, Egypt, Alexandria Mint, 23mm, 11.94 grams
Obverse: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Antoninus right.
Reverse: Nilus reclining left holding reed and cornucopia from which emerges Nilus, crocodile below.
Emmerr 1413.13 // Dattari 2294 // Koln 1594 // K&G 35.426

 

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Congratulations! 

My COL NEM dupondius, Type III:

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My Napoleonic medal commemorating his Conquest of Upper Egypt, just posted earlier this evening in the Anniversary of Waterloo thread. The reverse is obviously modeled on the COL NEM dupondius:

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And my Hadrian/Nilus with crocodile, just posted in the River Gods thread:

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Octavian Ar Denarius Rome or Brundisium  28 BC Obv Head right bare lituus behind Rv Crocodile standing right RIC 275a CRI 430 3.71 grms 20 mm Photo by W. Hansenaugustusd55.jpg.a9474395a8fb60c7b0f0b9038815f758.jpg

Octavian appears to have minted this type during 28  BC though part way through this issue he had his obverse legend changed from CAESAR COS VI to CAESAR DIVI F COS VI as seen by the example posted by @jdmKYas seen above. The image presented on this obverse still shows something of the image of Octavian before he became Augustus. He is clearly seen as a young man clean shaven with a confident look. It is interesting that at this time he does not advertise his relationship with Julius Caesar  something that he had done many times before (though he does that later). Also he very carefully emphasizes  his consulship as well as his membership in the college of Augurs (Roman priestly class) . This coin representative of the careful dance embarked on by Octavian as he proceeded to strengthen and solidify his position within the Roman political system. 

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That's a great halved Nemausus as, Eric, and a very gesture from Q.  Here are two lizardy coins...

 

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MACEDONIA, Eion
Circa 460-400 BC
AR Trihemiobol. 0.83g, 12.4mm.
SNG ANS 287-290.
O: Goose standing right, head reverted; lizard above, H below.
R: Incuse square.
Ex E.E. Clain-Stefanelli Collection

 

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GETA
AE16. 2.53g, 16.5mm.
MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum, AD 198-209.
Varbanov 3217; Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov (2018) 8.22.7.2.
O: Λ ΑΥΡ ΚΑΙ ΓΕΤΑΣ, Bareheaded and draped bust right.
R: ΝΙΚΟΠΟΛΙΤ ΠΡΟΣ ΙΣ, Apollo Sauroktonos standing right with legs crossed, right hand drawn back, placing left hand on tree stump on which a lizard creeps upwards.

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A cute Croc 

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Vespasian
Alexandria
AE Dichalkon
Obv.: laureate head right
Rev.: Crocodile with disk above head right, LϚ = year 6 above
AE, 1.3g , 11.5mm
Ref.: Dattari 407, Kampmann/Ganschow 20.48

 

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Nice one Erin! And kudo's to Qcumbor for the donation and encouragement. I have the feeling the cuts most of the time the cuts were neatly executed. 

I have one that is not cut, but between the portraits you can see a little hole. As if someone was in the process of starting a cut? 

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Thanks so much, everyone!  You’ve got some awesome looking lizards!

Thank you, @Qcumbor, for letting me use your pics which are far superior to mine. 😃

The goose and lizard trihemiobol is one I’ve wanted for a long time and hope to get either this year or next. 🤞

Erin

 

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Here is my other lizard coin, an AR hemidrachm.

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I'm going to branch out to collecting snakes too.  I want to get as many reptiles as I can.  My brother has the frog and I'm sure he'll take care of covering the turtle at some point too. lol

Also, I thought I'd take the opportunity to show off my geckos.

Achoo who is now 22 years old.  He doesn't look or act a day over five.

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Dotty is six and doesn't like that I've switched over from superworms to crickets. 

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Erin

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Obv: Laureate head of Zeus right, pickax (acisculus) and ACISCVLVS behind, all in laurel-wreath.
Rx: Anguipede (snake-legged!) giant facing, grasping Jupiter's thunderbolt which has struck his flank, and raising hand in agony, L VALERIVS in exergue

Struck by L. Valerius Asisculus in 45 BC. Crawford 474/4, Sear, Imperators 93, Valeria 21. The rarest of a series of coins of this moneyer, all of which feature a pick-ax on the obverse, a pun on the moneyer's name. The combination of Zeus with the defeated giant presumably refers to the victory of Caesar over all his enemies.

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That’s an excellent coin Erin. The cut was just about perfect to keep the coolest parts! Love it.

Here is my Croc.

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Roman Empire
Augustus & Agrippa
AE Dupondius, Nemausus mint, struck ca. 10 BC - 10 AD
Dia.: 26 mm
Wt.: 12.3 g
Obv.: IMP: Augustus, laureate bust right; Agrippa, bust left wearing rostral crown
Rev.: COL - NEM: Crocodile chained to palm tree
Ref.: RIC 158
Ex JAZ Numismatics
 

Here is a much loved coin from the excellent @Qcumbor Collection. There hasn’t been a Frenchman more generous to his English speaking friends since Gustave Eiffel. 😀 You’re the man Q!

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Philippus II 
AR Tetradrachm, Antioch mint, AD 248
Dia.: 27 mm
Wt.: 12.5 g
Obv.: ΑΥΤΟΚ Κ Μ ΙΟΥΛΙ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟC CΕΒ, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philippus II right
Rev.: ΔHΜΑΡX ΕΞΟΥCΙΑC ΥΠΑΤΟΔ, Eagle standing right, holding a wreath in beak. ANTIOXIA / SC in exergue
Ref.: BMC 551, Prieur 474
Ex Qcumbor Collection 

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