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Mythical Creatures In My Collection

 
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 Posted 12/04/2021  08:22 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add livingwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Here's a few creatures in my collection. I am not rich. I cannot afford coins that cost thousands of dollars, ancient or modern. It's still been an enjoyable hobby buying the lower end of the market.

1. Cales, Campania, Apollo/man headed bull, 20mm, 6.75 grams
2. Chios, Shinx/amphora, 31mm, 9.5 grams
3. Neaoplis, Macedon, AR hemidrachm, Macedon, Gorgon/Nymph, 13mm, 1.6
grams
4. Nicomedia, Bithynia, Dionysos/centaur, 21mm, 6.17 grams
5. Syracuse, Sicily, Athena/Hippocamp, 18mm, 6.01 grams
6. Corinth, AR stater, Pegasus/Athena, 20mm, 7.68 grams
7. Crete, Knossos, Europa on bull/labyinth lair of the Minotaur,
21mm, 5.34 grams.








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 Posted 12/04/2021  08:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add erafjel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You have a really nice collection of ancient Mythical Creatures there!
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 Posted 12/04/2021  09:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Outstanding set of coins. The centaur on the Bithynia AE (Prusias II?) is especially impressive.

Thanks for sharing.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  10:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


I don't have any ancients yet, but if one collects medievals you inevitably pick up some basilisks (Milan), griffons (Pomerania) and Dragons (Mansfeld, Ferrara and other places with St. George as their patron)
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 Posted 12/04/2021  10:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very enjoyable, thanks!
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 Posted 12/04/2021  11:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add livingwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks all for responding. Yes the centaur is from Prusias II era.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  12:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree that you got some great coins here. My fave is the Hemidrachm with Medusa's face.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  12:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bennycunha97 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great coins and especially what a great collection topic, I hope you find success in that endeavour!
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 Posted 12/04/2021  3:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Lovely varied collection!
Here's a Griffin..
Ionia, Phokaia, c. 350-300 BC. (15mm, 4.36g, 11h). Phokleon, magistrate.
Obverse..Head of Hermes facing left wearing a Petasos hat tied at the back.
Reverse..Forepart of a griffin springing left. ΦΩKAEΩN (PHOKAEON), name of the magistrate below.
SNG Copenhagen 1039ff (magistrate); BMC 101.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  4:36 pm  Show Profile   Check daltonista's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add daltonista to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

I'm partial to the Pegasus...

Very nice group, livingwater!

I never pay too much for my tokens...but every now and then I may buy one a little too soon.

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 Posted 12/04/2021  6:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JohnConduitt to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There's nothing wrong with not spending big money on your coins. Especially when you have perfectly good examples of the creatures. I agree, Mythical Creatures is a great idea for a collection.

I can only muster a tiny Pegasus...

Cartheginian Sicily, 330-320BC

Bronze, 15mm, 2.5g. Palm tree. Pegasus flying left (CNS III, 16).
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 Posted 12/04/2021  7:49 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent set.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  8:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I hope this doesn't spoil the ancient mood by going a millenium and a half forward, but here is another griffon, on a 1501 Duchy of Pomerania coin. The griffon was the symbol of the ruling medieval dynasty here, and showed up on their coins at least as early as the late 13th century.


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 Posted 12/05/2021  07:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add livingwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No spoiling at all, the more the better. Here's my best griffin with lion, Assos,Troas AR Obol.
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 Posted 12/05/2021  08:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add erafjel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Since this is turning into a griffon thread - with lovely contributions from everyone! - I don't want to keep my ancient griffon(-like) coin away from you:

Gaul, Carnutes or Eburovices tribe, 40-30 BC? Bronze, 2.98 g, 15.5 mm.



While catalogs do describe this coin as showing a griffon, it is really a hybrid between a griffon (which has the body of a lion) and a winged pegasus horse. But I like it anyway.
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 Posted 12/05/2021  11:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Here's a few creatures in my collection. I am not rich. I cannot afford coins that cost thousands of dollars, ancient or modern. It's still been an enjoyable hobby buying the lower end of the market.

A very nice group of mythical beasts, @livingwater. These are not easy to find, especially at the lower end of the market. I really like the Apollo/man headed bull and the Dionysos/centaur coins.

I also enjoy the animal themed coins, mythical or otherwise, and buy at the budget end of the hobby too. Though my coins may not be in the best of condition the history behind them is exactly the same, and the research can be very interesting.

Thanks for sharing.
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