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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.

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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) 8.36.22.4 (same dies); Varbanov 4146; Moushmov 1488; Mionnet Suppl. 2, 708; AMNG 2104 var.; BMC --; Lindgren --; Sear --.
 
 
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 Denarius of Maximinus Thrax with reverse of Salus feeding snake...

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Antoninianus of Trebonianus Gallus with Salus feeding snake reverse as well...

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RR quadrans with bull trampling snake...

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Here two Salus types with snake I got:

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Emperor Victorinus - Antoninianus - Mint unknown

Obv.: IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG

Rev.: SALVS AVG

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Emperor Maximianus - Antoninianus - Lugdunum mint

Obv.: IMP MAXIMIANVS AVG

Rev.: SALVS AVGG

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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!

 

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Hadrian Snake.jpg

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Thessaly Homolion.jpg

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

Hi

 

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Another wonderful thread! Here is a variety of snakes and serpents. Again, my apologies for not identifying each coin (or, in one case, tessera):

Thrace, Apollonia Pontika, c. mid-late 5th century BC. AR Drachm (Gorgoneion-Anchor) jpg version.jpg

Mysia Pergamon 133-127 BCE Asklepios - Serpent on Ompalos 19 mm. 9.91 g - jpg version.jpg

Man. Acilius Glabrio denarius jpg version.jpg

COMBINED Procilius Juno Sospita standing.jpg

L. Procilius (Juno Sospita - Juno Sospita in biga) jpg version.jpg

Roscius Fabatus denarius 59 BC - jpg version.jpg
C. Memmius - Quirinus-Ceres denarius jpg version.jpg
Lydia, Tralleis. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm. jpg version.jpg

COMBINED Trajan - Agathodaemon, Roman Alexandria Yr 15.jpg

Hadrian Agathodaemon, jpg version.jpg
Hadrian-Pharaoh, Alexandria Yr 11, Zuzim photo.jpg
Hadrian - Pisidia Baris (Hadrian on horseback with serpent).jpg

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Vespasian aureus 2021 Arete photo.jpg

Maximinus I Thrax Sestertius.jpg

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

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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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