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Frogs, Amphibians, and Aquatic Critters!


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How about some unusual Amphibians and Aquatic Critters!

FROG

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Luceria AES Grave Anonymous 217-215 BCE Uncia 7.35g Frog-Corn Ear pellet retrograde L T-V 285

 

OCTOPUS

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SYRACUSE 2nd Democr 466-405 BCE Æ Tetras 2.7g 15mm c.425 BCE Arethusa dolphins - Octopus 3 pellets SNG ANS 376 Calciati II.21.1

 

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24 minutes ago, Qcumbor said:

I'm pretty sure @Severus Alexander has a  cool crab to show 😀

Sure do!! From my bestest coin buddies ever:

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Akragas AE tetras, c. 425-406 BCE; c/m Carthaginean(?) c. 405

 

From the Bretti, I also have this 14mm quartuncia with a nice crab on the reverse and, even better, Amphitrite wearing a crab headdress on the obverse:

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Let me also add a sea turtle from Aegina (stater, c. 525-475 BCE):

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Such a fun topic, @Alegandron!!

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16 minutes ago, Severus Alexander said:

Sure do!! From my bestest coin buddies ever:

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Akragas AE tetras, c. 425-406 BCE; c/m Carthaginean(?) c. 405

 

From the Bretti, I also have this 14mm quartuncia with a nice crab on the reverse and, even better, Amphitrite wearing a crab headdress on the obverse:

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Let me also add a sea turtle from Aegina (stater, c. 525-475 BCE):

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Such a fun topic, @Alegandron!!

I like that counterstamp. Makes it look like Heracles has claws 🙂

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44 minutes ago, Severus Alexander said:

Oh, and I can't forget this frog...

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Denarius/quinarius medallet, celebrating Napoleon's coronation as emperor

Vive les grenouilles!

Did they intentionally strike this coin on a hand-prepared flan, instead of a regular planchet? I figure at this point in history, especially in France, most coins were collar-struck, no?

 

Anyways, I don't know why you guys liken Napoleon to a frog!

 

Here's my aquatic creature

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18 minutes ago, hotwheelsearl said:
1 hour ago, Severus Alexander said:

Oh, and I can't forget this frog...

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Denarius/quinarius medallet, celebrating Napoleon's coronation as emperor

Vive les grenouilles!

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Did they intentionally strike this coin on a hand-prepared flan, instead of a regular planchet? I figure at this point in history, especially in France, most coins were collar-struck, no?

Absolutely... they were trying to imitate ancient coins. That's why I bought it. 😁

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3 hours ago, hotwheelsearl said:

Anyways, I don't know why you guys liken Napoleon to a frog!

 

LOL, yeah I had to really understand that meaning when I expatted in the UK. The Brits called the French “Frogs” because they eat frog legs. So, any French coins can be Frog coins.

and, by the way, I did not git it cuz I grew up eating frog legs (I grew up in Arkansas and Indiana, USA). 

So, my Napoléon coin is from Frog Land. 🙂

I believe @Qcumborenjoys frog legs too.

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13 minutes ago, TheTrachyEnjoyer said:

This one comes out of total left field for me!

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Tunny Fish head 1/24 EL stater! Its not my go to collecting area but I think I will make early aquatic EL my subcollection! Thanks to a friend for selling me this cheap 🙂 

 

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How about an Egyptian frog goddess?

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AE Dichalkon. 2.47g, 15.5mm. EGYPT, Alexandria, RY 10 (AD 49/50). RPC I 5179; Emmett 100 var. (obv. legend); Dattari (Savio) 170. O: [TIB] ΚΛΑY, laureate head right. R: Frog (Heqet?) seated right, LI (date) above.

Heqet was the wife of the creator god Khnum, who at his potter's wheel would fashion the bodies of all human babies out of mud. As these mud-babies were ensconced in their mothers' wombs, Heqet would breathe life into them. In this role, the goddess was the patron of midwives, who were called the Servants of Heqet. The midwives would often carry with them ivory wands and knives inscribed with frogs, and give to women about to go into labour frog-shaped amulets to wear in the hopes that "She Who Hastens the Birth" would bless them. Through her role in the resurrection of the god Osiris (as Horus), Heqet would also come to be associated with the afterlife and rebirth, and Heqet frog amulets were often used in funerary rites as well.

 

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Here is my brother’s frog.

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I used to have a pair of fire belly toads that lived in my brother’s room because I already had 4 lizards in mine.  He would complain about the croaking at night.  He also wanted to name them, one was Ben and the other was Dover.  Despite his complaints, I’m sure he became attached to them, even though he would never admit it.

Erin

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