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I took in a stray in May of last year, my first cat, and he's been a very wonderful part of my life ever since. Here's Mr. Kitty!

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And here's a former coin of mine with a lion (I currently have a couple other lion coins but I need to photograph them):

Miletos, Ionia
AR twelfth-stater
Obv: Forepart of lion left, head turned
Rev: Floral, star, or sun pattern in incuse square
Mint: Miletos
Date: 525-494 BC
Ref: SNG Cop 952

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Aww, such cute cats! 🙂
Here are my panthers (although they should probably be called leopards), a little more fierce than just a cat but I find them really fun anyway. I don't have a cat at home right now sadly as a pet, but used to have 2 kittens, and a few years before that, another cat - so I do really love them.
Oh - and just remembered, I have got some fun lions too so I'll post those later if I remember. 

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Ok, here we go! Managed to get pictures of the lions as well:
- A Roaring Lion (Miletus 1/2 Stater)
- A Tiny Lion (Kyzikos Hemiobol
- And A Lion Being Strangled To Death By Herakles 😭(Herakleia Diobol)

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3 hours ago, David Atherton said:

Hershey approves of this thread!

On another note, are you able to post the content of your lighthouse coin thread here? I did a similar one a year or so ago, but yours is magnificent.

Nice to see you here!

Appreciate the warm welcome David and the kind words about my Pharos coin. I will post my Pharos thread in this forum soon; I had decided against it initially because I figured most here probably already saw it, but later I realized why my CT thread hasn’t gotten much traction is probably precisely because most CT ancients members are here now! I hope you post your example in this forum as well!

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Lionskin counts?

 

Tetradrachm of Alexander the Great, circa 325-322 BC (lifetime), weight 17.23 g., Catalogue: Price 3641, Babylon mint

Obv: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lionskin headdress

Rev: Zeus Aetophoros seated on stool-throne left, wearing a himation over his lower limbs, eagle on outstretched right hand, sceptre in left hand, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ (of Alexander) to the right

 

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2 hours ago, AncientNumis said:

Aww, such cute cats! 🙂
Here are my panthers (although they should probably be called leopards), a little more fierce than just a cat but I find them really fun anyway. I don't have a cat at home right now sadly as a pet, but used to have 2 kittens, and a few years before that, another cat - so I do really love them.
Oh - and just remembered, I have got some fun lions too so I'll post those later if I remember. 

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Those are really nice! Shouldn't try to pet them though 😀

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As a Severan specialist I have to add an IN CARTH type

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Probus did lions too

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To the left of Juno is the forepart of a lion

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The forepart of a lion faces the other way on the reverse of this Lysimachos drachm

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I love this thread, @ValiantKnight! Gallienus had a couple of kitties in his zoo series.

Panther type:

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Gallienus, 253-268 AD.
Roman Æ Antoninianus, 2.65 g, 20.1 mm, 5 h.
Rome Mint, 10th emission, 267-268 AD.
Obv: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right.
Rev: LIBERO P CONS AVG, panther walking left, B in exergue.
Refs: RIC 230K; Göbl 713b; Cohen 586; RCV 10281; Cunetio 1341; Hunter 112.

Tigress type:

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Gallienus, 253-268 AD.
Roman Æ Antoninianus, 2.63 g, 20.8 mm, 5 h.
Rome Mint, 10th emission, 267-268 AD.
Obv: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right.
Rev: LIBERO P CONS AVG, tiger walking left, B in exergue.
Refs: RIC 230K; Göbl 713b; Cohen 586; RCV 10281; Cunetio 1341; Hunter 112.
 
 
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Carthage-LIBYAN UPRISING - Mercenaries issue
Mercenary War 241-238 BCE
7.36g AR DiShekel
Herakles Head in Lion's Head-
Lion walking; Punic M above; LIBYA below
R SNG Cop 240f
Overstrike
Coins were struck in the name of Libya and "M", which has been taken as either "machanat" - the Camp (of the mercenaries), or perhaps Matho, their leader

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Here's an interesting feline coin..

Kashmir Toramana II...

A nice supposed lifetime issue of Toramana II with an added bonus!
The reason I bought this coin is at 7 0'clock on the reverse you can clearly see the lions head that Lakshmi is seated on...Quite difficult to find the lion depicted in such detail. 

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43 minutes ago, Spaniard said:

Here's an interesting feline coin..

Kashmir Toramana II...

A nice supposed lifetime issue of Toramana II with an added bonus!
The reason I bought this coin is at 7 0'clock on the reverse you can clearly see the lions head that Lakshmi is seated on...Quite difficult to find the lion depicted in such detail. 

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That is SUPER interesting! Never seen it before, but it looks fascinating 🙂 

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Good idea for a thread and beautiful cat, @ValiantKnight!

 

A very old ancient cat:

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Kings of Lydia, under Croesus, AR ⅙ stater, 565/53–550/39 BC. Obv: confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Rev: two incuse square punches of unequal size. 8–11mm, 1.76g. Ref: Berk 25; SNG Kayhan 1019; Sunrise 13.

 

A Roman cat:

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Septimius Severus, Roman Empire, AR denarius, 202–210 AD, Rome mint. Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG; head of Septimius Severus, laureate, r. Rev: INDVLGENTIA AVGG IN CARTH; Dea Caelestis, draped, riding r. on lion, holding thunderbolt in r. hand and sceptre in l. hand; below, water gushing from rock. 19mm, 3.32g. Ref: RIC IV Septimius Severus 266.

 

A colorful medieval cat:

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Brunswick-Lüneburg, under William of Lüneburg (aka William Longsword, William of Winchester), 1195–1213 AD, Lüneburg mint. Obv: Welf lion passant l. Rev: negative design (bracteate). 22mm, 0.55g. Ref: Berger 373; Bonhoff 77.

 

A goofy medieval cat:

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Seljuq Sultanate of Rum, Kaykhusraw II, citing caliph al-Mustansir, AR dirham, 1241–1242 AD (639 AH), Qunya (Konya) mint. Obv: Kufic legend citing caliph: "al-imam al-mustansir billah amir al-mu'minin;" lion r. with sunface above. Rev: name and titles of Kaykhusraw II in Naskh: "as-sultan al-azam / ghiyath al-dunya wa ud-din / kay khusraw bin kay qubadh;" around, mint and date: "duriba bi-quniyat / sanat tis' / thel[athin] sittm'iat." 23mm, 2.97g. Ref: Album 1218.

 

My cat (called "Tiger" but doesn't listen to her name; always hungry; likes to climb on my desk and purr into the camera during work video calls):

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Actually I guess I have a cat photo to contribute after all! And it's linked to Rome 😄 
Here's a stray cat I saw on the Palatine hill in Rome. Idk why I edited it to make it black and white - but it's the only photo I have of the cat. 

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Some panthers (probably leopards given the spots), lions, and a tigress.

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And a couple of recent photos of my 16-year old orange tabby Ziggy, who was diagnosed 1 1/2 years ago with chronic kidney disease but is still doing his best and mostly happy.
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Akkadian 2350-2200 BCE Cylinder  Seal  Buff stone scene hero wrestling antelope  winged lion Ex J Tabot  collection

 

And a Lion coin to make the post legal:

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Thrace Lysimachus AE 14 306 BC Apollo forepart of Lion

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One of my Favorites...

What she accomplished in a ego-centric male-driven society is amazing...

ROMAN REPUBLIC SUPER-TABOO...

Fulvia: First Living Woman on a Roman Coin... AND she is depicted as VICTORY

A very powerful and strong Woman in Ancient History, especially in a male-centric Roman Republic.  

I believe she DESERVES the LION(ESS) on the Reverse.
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Roman Republic (disintegrating)
Fulvia

Late summer-autumn 43 BCE
AR Quinarius (13mm, 1.67 g, 5h).
Lugdunum (Lyon) mint.
Obv: Winged bust of Victory right, with the likeness of Fulvia /
Rev: Lion walking right; DVNI (retrograde and inverted) above, LVGV in exergue; A to left, X [L] to right (= 40, Antony’s age at time of issue).
Crawford 489/5; Lyon 2; King 75; CRI 122; Sydenham 1160; Fulvia 4.
Comments: VF, lightly toned, light porosity.
Ex: CNG

Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulvia
The siege at Perusia lasted two months before Octavian starved Lucius into surrender in February 40 BC. After Lucius' surrender, Fulvia fled to Greece with her children. Appian writes that she met Antony in Athens, and he was upset with her involvement in the war. Antony then sailed back to Rome to deal with Octavian, and Fulvia died of an unknown illness in exile in Sicyon, near Corinth, Achaea.[46] After her death, Antony and Octavian used it as an opportunity to blame their quarrelling on her. According to Plutarch, "there was even more opportunity for a reconciliation with Caesar. For when Antony reached Italy, and Caesar manifestly intended to make no charges against him, and Antony himself was ready to put upon Fulvia the blame for whatever was charged against himself."[46] After Fulvia's death, Antony married Octavian's sister, Octavia Minor, to publicly demonstrate his reconciliation with Octavian. Antony never regained his position and influence in Italy.[47]

Once Antony and Octavia were married, she took in and reared all of Fulvia's children. The fate of Fulvia's daughter, Clodia Pulchra, after her divorce from Octavian is unknown. Her son Marcus Antonius Antyllus was executed by Octavian in Alexandria, Egypt in 30 BC. Her youngest child, Iullus Antonius, was spared by Octavian and raised from 40 BC by Octavia Minor. Iullus married Octavia's daughter and Octavian's niece Claudia Marcella Major and they had a son Lucius Antonius and possibly a daughter Iulla Antonia.

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This is my desktop buddy, Gingey.

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And his brother Sooty.

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Here he is trying to get a better look at the deer in the yard.

 

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As far as coins, best I can do is this commemorative issued by Constantine for Maximianus.

RIC VII Rome 123

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