ambr0zie Posted August 6, 2022 · Member Share Posted August 6, 2022 ... but I think it's not wrong! As birds are a favorite reverse motif for me and I am sure I am not the only one with this idea. Probably the ancient people were fascinated by the idea of a flying bird - the essence of freedom and the ability to easily go where no man has gone before. So cute but not wrong! Yesterday I got a snack coin from an auction - fun fact, about the only coin I had on my watch list I managed to get. A worn example and probably many people would have been tempted to scroll down ignoring it, but I noticed it has a bird on it I don't have in my collection (and I have rarely seen it) IONIA. Klazomenai. Circa 380-360 BC. Ӕ 10 mm 1.4 g Obv : Laureate head of Apollo left. / Rev : [HΡAKΛEIΔHΣ] (?), swan standing left, below, grain ear left. wings open. BMC 46; Lindgren & Kovacs 436. As I am fan of "non standard reverses" - for me a non standard reverse means a reverse without somebody standing/seated, obviously reverses with birds are a big plus. My favorite remains this ostrich of Gordian Thrace. Hadrianopolis. Gordian III AD 238-244. Bronze Æ 16 mm, 2,32 g AYT K M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC AV, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right / AΔΡIANOΠOΛEITΩN, ostrich walking right Varbanov 3833; RPC VII.2, — (unassigned; ID 67356); Jurukova, Hadrianopolis 676; Moushmov 2630A As for the more "common" birds, the first one that comes in my mind is the eagle, for example on this Tomis pseudo-autonomous Moesia, Tomis Æ21. Pseudo-autonomous issue, late 1st century AD. Laureate head of Zeus right / TOMEI-TѠN outwards around eagle facing right on thunderbolt, head reverted. RPC II, 411; AMNG I.2, 2509. 21 mm, 4,95 g. Or a cousin of the eagle, the sea eagle Moesia. Istrus circa 280 - 256/255 BC Obol or Trihemiobol AR 12 mm, 0,77 g Facing male heads, the left one inverted / IΣTΡIH, Sea-eagle left on dolphin, ΔI beneath dolphin. Dima, Tabelul III, Grupa IV, Subgrupa VII, II – Pl XXI, 10 A rarely occurred bird on coins is the raven, visible here but not as a major design element ILLYRIA, Dyrrhachion. Circa 250-200 BC. AR Drachm Meniskos and Dionysios, magistrates. Cow standing right, looking back at suckling calf standing left below; above, raven standing right above MENIΣΚΟΣ / Double stellate pattern; ΔYP-ΔΙ[Ο-ΝΥ-ΣΟΥ] around; all within linear circle border. Ceka –; Maier 201; SNG Copenhagen 467. Initially at @Ryro's suggestion I wanted to create a topic with animals on coins to see how many animals we can count here, but I think it's too vast and it would get either too crowded and difficult to follow or being an easy theme, nobody would post thinking others will. So let's see your birds (don't be shy about your tetradrachms too!) and let's see how many we can add. 20 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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