Overview of the mythological creatures depicted on ancient coins from various myths
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Examples of Authentic Ancient Greek and Roman coins illustrating the various creatures on the list above
Augustus Capricorn before & Rhoemetalkes Thrace King Ancient Roman Coin i50082
Augustus & Rhoemetalkes Client King of Thrace
Bronze 21mm (6.75 grams) from the Greek Kingdom of Thrace circa 11BC-12 A.D.
Reference: RPC I 1715; SNG Copenhagen –
BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ POIMHTAΛKOY, diademed head of King Rhoemetalkes right.
KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY, Laureate head of Augustus right, Capricorn before.
GALLIENUS son of Valerian I Rare Ancient Roman Coin Centaur Sagittarius i48033
CORINTH 375BC Athena Pegasus Silver Stater Ancient Greek Coin Triskeles i46350
CORINTH Athena Chimera Pegusus 400BC Ancient Silver Greek Coin Rare i16283
Gergis 400BC ORACLE Sibyl Herophile Sphinx Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i52560
Syracuse in Sicily Ancient Greek Coin Hippocamp Sea horse Athena Cult i39686
Silver Stater 22mm (8.54 grams) Struck circa 525-463 B.C.
Reference: HGC 6, 331; Le Rider 1-2 and 5; Sear 1357; Weber 2500; Price & Waggoner 100-126
Naked ithyphallic satyr in kneeling-running attitude right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph who raises her right hand in protest.
Quadripartite incuse square.
LARISSA in THESSALY 356BC Silver Drachm Nymph Horse Ancient Greek Coin i47969
Silver Drachm 20mm (5.86 grams) Struck circa 356-320 B.C.
Reference: HGC 4, 453; BCD Thessaly II, lot 280
Pedigree: Ex BCD Collection with his original hand-written tag and photos of this coin
Head of nymph Larissa facing three-quarters left, wearing ampyx.
ΛAPI/ΣΑIΩN, Horse grazing right.
PHILIP I the ARAB 1000 Years of Rome LION of COLOSSEUM Silver Roman Coin i53515
Silver Antoninianus 22mm (4.49 grams) Rome mint, 1st officina. 9th emission, 248 A.D.
Commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Rome
Reference: RIC IV 12; RSC 173
IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
SAECVLARES AVGG / I, Lion walking right.
Roman Republic Hosidia 1 68BC Calydonian Boar Diana Cult Silver Coin i41957
Silver Denarius 17mm (3.47 grams) Rome mint: 68 B.C.
Reference: Hosidia 1; B.M.C. 903; Syd. 407/2
Diademed head of Diana draped right, bow and quiver at her shoulder, GETA before, III VIR behind.
The wild boar of Calydon right, pierced by spear and attacked by dog.or read the Guide to the Coins of the Roman Republic
NERO 62AD Antioch Tetradrachm Large Ancient Silver Roman Coin Eagle i53405
Silver Tetradrachm 23mm (14.70 grams) of Antioch in Seleukis and Pieria
Dated Year 111 of the Caesarian era; Regnal Year 9, 62/63 A.D.
Reference: RPC I 4185; Prieur 85; Wr. 42 Pedigree: Ex Superior Sale June 4,7, 1984 No. 1777
ΝΕΡΩΝ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ, Laureate bust right wearing aegis.
ETOYΣ – AIP◦Θ, Eagle with wings spread standing right on thunderbolt, palm branch and pellet in right field.
KYZIKOS in MYSIA 2-1CenBC Bull Torch LARGE Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i53580
APOLLONIA in ILLYRIA 208BC Cow Calf Fertility Gemini Silver Greek Coin i41973
Silver ‘Drachm’ 17mm (3.20 grams)
Ariston (Moneyer), Aisanos (Magistrate)
Class ALc2a Struck circa 208-48 B.C.
APIΣTΩN, Cow left, calf right, A in exergue.
AПOΛ-AI-ΣH-NOΣ, Curved, double-stellate pattern, vertical single device line, petal rays, triple dots, line border.
Silver Cistophoric Tetradrachm 23mm (11.28 grams) Struck circa 88-67 B.C.
Attalos and Timo-, magistrates.
Reference: Sear 5113 var.; Kleiner, Late Issue XVII; SNG Copenhagen 156
Cista mystica with serpent; all within ivy-wreath.
Two serpents / snakes entwined around bow and bowcase; ATTA/ΛΟY/TIMΩ in three lines above, aulos (double flute) to right; TA in field to left.
Roman Republic 47BC Medusa & Aurora Leading Sun Ancient Silver Coin i52631
Kamarina Sicily 413BC Gorgoneion Owl Lizard Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i51603
Bronze Trias or Trionkia 16mm (3.44 grams) Struck circa 420-410 B.C.
Reference: HGC 2, 546; Sear 1062 var. (owl left); CNS III, pp. 47-55
Head of Gorgoneion facing.
KAMA, Owl standing right, head facing, holding lizard in left claw; in exergue, three pellets (mark of value).See also: Aegis
Athens in Attica Greece 320BC Ancient Tetradrachm Silver Greek Coin i40763
Silver Tetradrachm 21mm (17.13 grams) Struck circa 320-294 B.C.
Head of Athena right, of more advanced style, the eye seen in true profile; she wears crested helmet
ornamented with three olive-leaves and floral scroll.
Owl standing right, head facing; to right AΘE; to left, olive-twig and crescent.
GALLIENUS One of Gallienus’ last issues RARE Ancient Roman Coin Panther i46461
ARADOS in PHOENICIA third-stater Merman Dolphin Hippocamp Greek Coin i46403 RARE
Silver Third-Stater or Tetrobol 14mm (3.27 grams) Struck late 5th Century B.C.
Reference: Sear 5968; B.M.C. 26.3,7
Merman right, holding dolphin each hand; above, Phoenician letters ( = m a).
Galley right, row of shields along bulwars; beneath, marine creature (hippocamp) right; all in dotted square within incuse square.
Article by Ilya Zlobin, world-renowned expert numismatist, enthusiast, author and dealer in authentic ancient Greek, ancient Roman, ancient Byzantine coins and beyond.
Posted originally Here: Mythical CREATURES on Ancient GREEK and ROMAN Coins
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