Greek coin, c 500-480 BC with octopus
Erotic Roman coins used as tokens for entrance in Roman brothels
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Etruscan coins, both from Populonia, the first dates to after 211 BCE, and the second to the 3rd century BCE.
Photos via the Wiki Commons.
Anonymous German Artist
Coin (bracteate) from Magdeburg struck by Archbishop Konrad von Querfurt: St. Maurice.
Germany (c. 1140)
2.5 cm. (1 inch)
Magdeburg, Museen, Gedenkstätten und Sammlungen der Stadt.
The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University
Of the tens of thousands of coins in the Collection, the cabinet is highlighted by the monumental and unique example of the Fifty Excelentes struck under Ferdinand and Isabella. Created during the period of Christopher Columbus’s expeditions to the New World, the massive gold coin – weighing nearly five ounces – was likely minted as a special presentation to an individual whom the king and queen wished to honor. Huntington’s Fifty Excelentes is arguably the most important and valuable European coin in existence, and the largest gold coin from the 15th century that survives today.
Roman, Coin with Otacilia Severa on the obverse, and a hippopotamus on the reverse, minted in 248 (source).
Celtic silver tetradrachm from the first century BC depicting a horseman with three horns sprouting from his head. Found in the Danube region.
Actually, I think this is one of the Epona figure coins. The “horseman” has breasts, after all. What I would like to know about this coin is… What are those constellation looking symbols?
Also, yay for a date and a location! :)