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It's not that February 29 is a day of mirth or mayhem, but it is kind of special. It's also an excuse to show off this new brass as of Hadrian depicting a griffin leaping!

Hadrian 117-138 CE.
Roman orichalcum as, 8.88 g, 22.1 mm, 5 h.
Rome mint for use in Syria, 124-125 CE.
Obv: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust, right, seen from rear.
Rev: COS III S C, Griffin leaping right.
Refs: RIC II.3, 754; RPC III, 3759; BMCRE --; Strack 624; McAlee 549; Sear --.

Notes: Some numismatists attribute this to a mint in Antioch. 

There are quite a few coins depicting an animal leaping -- usually a horse -- so post your coins depicting leaping animals, people jumping, and so on. Get creative and celebrate the extra day. 

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Happy Leap Day!


Time of Dionysios I, 405-367 BC
AE Hemilitron (18.22mm, 2.95g, 6h)
Struck 405-400 BC
Obverse: Head of Arethusa left, with hair in sphendone; branch behind neck
Reverse: ΣΥΡΑ, dolphin swimming left, cockle shell below
References: Favorito 15
Dark patina with good details.

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No leaping and jumping today it seems ...

Michael Scott Dance GIFs | Tenor

Her's a centaur/Sagittarius leaping. Too bad I can't take a decent photo of this coin as I have problems with dark coins. It's not in the best condition but still nice and finallly solved my Tranquillina problem. 


31,3 mm, 21,27 g.
Mesopotamia, Singara. Gordian with Tranquillina 238-244 AD. Ӕ. 243-244 AD.
ΑΥΤΟΚ Κ Μ ΑΝΤ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟΝ ϹΑΒ ΤΡΑΝΚΥΛΛΙΝΑ ϹΕΒ, confronted busts of Gordian III, laureate and cuirassed, r., seen from rear, and Tranquillina, diademed and draped bust, l. / ΑΥΡ ϹΕΠ ΚΟΛ ϹΙΝΓΑΡΑ, draped, veiled and turreted Tyche, seated l., on rock, holding ears of corn, with centaur (Sagittarius) l. leaping l., shooting bow, above her; below, lower l., half-length figure of river-god Mygdonius swimming l.
RPC VII.2, 3468.

Lions can leap too. 


21 mm, 2,38 g.
Gallienus 253-268 AD. Billon antoninianus. Mediolanum.
GALLIENVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust of Gallienus on the right draped over the left shoulder, seen from three quarters forward / LEG IIII FL VI P VI F, lion leaping to the right. Reverse translation: “Legio quarta Flavia sextum pia, sextum fidelis” (Fourth legion Flavia pious and faithful for the sixth time).
RIC V-1, Milan 343 (Joint Reign).

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When I was about 21 I helped my girlfriend celebrate her 5 birthday! (She was born on leap day 🙃)... 

Taras, Calabria

390,-385 BC (Period III - The Age of Archytas)
AR Didrachm (20mm, 7.83g)
O: Naked boy (Taras?) with radiate hair riding galloping horse right, all within linear border.
R: Taras astride dolphin left, holding akrostolian in extended right hand, left hand on dolphins back; H (signature) on dolphins flank, ΤΑΡΑΣ below, all within linear border.
D'Andrea XXI, 328; Vlasto 362; Fischer- Bossert 381 (V168/R296); SNG France 1712; McGill II, 19; Jameson 110; HN Italy 870
ex Roma Numismatics; ex Forvm Ancient Coins


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Happy leap day!



Macedon, Amphipolis. Circa 148-32/1 BC. Dichalkon

Obv: Bust of Artemis Tauropolis to right, wearing stephane; bow and quiver over shoulder.
Rev: ΑΜΦΙΠΟ/ΛΙΤΩΝ Bull with head facing, leaping right.



Macedonia, Amphipolis. Hadrian AE20

Obv: AY ΚΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС / laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r.
Rev: ΑΜΦΙΠΟΛΕΙΤωΝ / Artemis Tauropolos riding on bull, r.
RPC III, 652.



Phoenicia, Sidon. Trajan. A.D. 98-117. AE 21

Obv: Radiate and draped bust of Trajan right, seen from behind.
Rev: Europa facing, seated "sidesaddle" on bull charging right; her veil blows out above and behind her head; to upper right, ZKΣ (= CY 227 = A.D. 116/7).
RPC III 3867.



Phrygia, Acmonea. Maximus Caesar AE20

Obv: Γ ΙΟΥ ΟΥΗΡ ΜΑΞΙΜΟϹ Κ, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximus, r., seen from rear.
Rev: ΑΚΜΟΝЄΩΝ, Emperor on horse prancing right, wearing chlamys.
RPC VI temp 5597 #4

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Kings of Thrace. Lysimachos, as Satrap
circa 323-305 BCE
Uncertain mint. Macedonian.
Æ 24 mm, 14,25 g
Diademed head of Lysimachos right /
Lion leaping right; AP monogram below.
Yağiz LIS Series A, 28; Lischine 1150–1; HGC 3, 1496 (c. 196-190 BC[?]); BMC 1; SNG Copenhagen 899



Cilicia, Seleukeia ad Kalykadnon
circa 200-0 BCE
Æ 17 mm, 3,58 g
Laureate head of Apollo right, ΣA behind /
ΣEΛEΥKEΩN TΩN ΠΡOΣ TΩI KAΛΥKAΔNΩI; forepart of horse leaping right, [AΘH ?] above, ΑΘH below
SNG Lev. 692


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Here are a horse, a grasshopper and a griffin all leaping left.

(If grasshoppers can leap. Assuming griffins could...)

Sicily. Kainon. AE 23 mm. c. 360-340 BC. Obv. Griffin springing left; below, grasshopper left. Rev. Horse prancing left; above, star. HGC 2 509; CNS I 10. AE. 7.55 g. 23.1 mm.



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Great thread idea RC!

Here are a few leapers (1 that I haven't shown before):



ITALY. Calabria. Tarentum

Didrachm or nomos (silver). Approx. 280 - 272 BC Chr.

Obv: warrior on horseback with Macedonian shield w/star of Vergina boss and spear riding left; Zeta Omega in left field, magistrate's name between legs.

Rev: Naked Taras with spindle and bunch of grapes, riding left on dolphin; in the field on the right ear of corn.

22mm 6.45g

HN Italy 1013; Coll. Vlasto 800.

Very nice. Purchased from Solidus March 2023


Kings of Numidia, Massinissa or Micipsa (203-148 BC or 148-118 BC). Æ(32,3mm, 11,8g). Laureate head l. R/ Horse galloping l.; pellet below. MAA 18a; Mazard 50; SNG Copenhagen 505.


PHRYGIA, Kibyra.

Circa 166-84 BC. AR Drachm (15mm, 2.65 g, 11h). Helmeted head of male (Kibyras?) right / Horseman, holding couched spear and palm, riding right; O below. HGC 7, 706; SNG Ashmolean 996 var. (O below). VF

Purchased from Savoca Feb2023

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