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Crocodiles on Ancient Coins

The crocodile was a symbol of Egypt.


Augustus and Agrippa, 16 - 15 B.C., Colonia Augusta Nemausus, Gaul

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This two-headed brass dupondius was commonly cut between the heads, creating two individual one-as coins.

The reverse commemorates the conquest of Egypt in 30 B.C. and was probably issued in connection with Augustus' visit to Gaul in 16 B.C.
RP72851. Bronze cut half dupondius (as), cf. SRCV I 1729, RIC I 155, RPC I 523, VF, half of cut coin, green patina, scratches, weight 5.205 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, die axis 0o, Colonia Augusta Nemausus (Nimes, France) mint, 16 - 15 B.C.; obverse IMP DIVI F, back to back heads of Augustus, bare head right, and [Agrippa, wearing rostral wreath, (cut, off flan)]; reverse COL NEM, crocodile right chained to a palm, wreath above, two palm fronds below; $85.00 (Ä72.25)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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Antoninus Pius was born to a distinguished family. After a typical senatorial career, he made a name for himself as proconsul of Asia. He was adopted as Hadrian's heir and succeeded soon after. His reign was long and peaceful, a Golden Age of tranquility and prosperity.
RX57408. Bronze drachm, Milne 2055; Geissen 1638; Dattari 2751; BMC Alexandria p. 136, 1150 corr.; Kampmann-Ganschow 35.476, F, weight 13.049 g, maximum diameter 32.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 149 - 28 Aug 150 A.D.; obverse AYT K T AIΛ A∆P − ANTWNINOC CE−B EYC, laureate bust right; reverse L (in field) TPICKAI Iς (year 13), Nilus reclining left, crowned with lotus, reed in left, cornucopia in right from which infant genius emerges offering him a wreath, crocodile right below; $80.00 (Ä68.00)







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