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In his latest CoinWeek article, Mike Markowitz examines snakes on ancient coins. I think most of us have at least one. Here's one from the article!

Snakes on Ancient Coins

Here's one of mine.

Gordian III, AD 238-244.
Roman provincial Æ 27.1 mm, 12.33 g, 9 h.
Moesia Inferior, Nicopolis ad Istrum, Sabinius Modestus, legatus consularis, AD 241-244.
Obv: ΑVΤ Κ Μ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟC ΑVΓ, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
Rev: ΥΠ CΑΒ ΜΟΔЄCΤΟV ΝΙΚΟΠΟΛЄΙΤ | ΩN ΠPOC ICTP, Nimbate figure of snake-god Glycon, coiled in two coils, rising up, head right.
Refs: RPC VII.2, 1307; Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018) (same dies); Varbanov 4146; Moushmov 1488; Mionnet Suppl. 2, 708; AMNG 2104 var.; BMC --; Lindgren --; Sear --.
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Lydia, Nacrasa (Thanks @shanxi)

Pseudo-autonomous issue. Late 2nd-early 3rd century A.D. 15 mm, 2.39g. Bare head of Herakles right; c/m: cult statue Artemis Ephesia facing within rectangular incuse / Serpent coiled to right around baetyl (egg?). Very rare.


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Corrected the attribution
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Cool thread, Roman Collector ... and wow, there have been some amazing snake-coins posted by our awesome coin-gang ... great effort!

=> here are a few of my ol' snakey-type examples ... enjoy! ... Snake-coins Rock!


anton sest b.jpg

anton sesta.jpg

Antoninus Pius Group big b.jpg

Antoninus Pius Group big d.jpg

Duchy Dragon.jpg

fabatus c.jpg

Hadrian Snake.jpg

Islands off Iberia Ebusus.jpg

L Papi.jpg

Moesia Inferior Philip II.jpg

Mysia Pergamon.jpg

Thessaly Homolion.jpg

uboea Chalkis.jpg


... I hope that you're all having a great Monday (you know, for a Monday)



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Wow some super coins posted..Especially like the Alexandrian types...


Caracalla. 198-217 AD. AR Denarius (2.82 gm, 19mm). Laodicea mint. Struck 200/1 AD.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: SAL GEN HVM, Salus standing left, holding serpent-entwined scepter, and raising kneeling figure personifying the human race. RIC #350; BMC 701; RSC 558a. gVF.

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