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Offline chrisild

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Snakes on coins
« on: March 25, 2009, 12:47:11 PM »
An interesting example is this "symbolic" snake on one of the Benjamin Franklin silver dollars (collector coins) issued by the US in 2006.

It refers to Franklin's cartoon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Join,_or_Die  that was published in 1754.

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Re: Snakes on coins
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2009, 09:08:57 PM »
On early Haitian coins (Southern part, to be exact) there is a snake biting its tail. the whole series was referred to as "snake coins".

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Re: Snakes on coins
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2010, 02:00:54 PM »
St Thomas and Prince, 1990, 50 dobras.
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Re: Snakes on coins
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2010, 02:33:09 PM »
A coin of the Roman empire, proudly owned by Ghipszky, showing that Roman snakes pre-figured as Apple computer keyboard caps.

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Re: Snakes on coins
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2010, 05:14:56 PM »
Gwalior has many copper coins with snake on them. Here are three of them.

And another unknown copper coin from Indian Princely state with snake.

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Re: Snakes on coins
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2010, 05:19:42 PM »
Amazingly, the snake in the second pair of pics is in almost the same position as the one on the Roman coin. This is a real discovery for me!

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Re: Snakes on coins
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2011, 05:50:56 PM »
Russia, 10 roubles, 1992.  Collector coin.  Central Asian cobra.

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Re: Snakes on coins
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2011, 06:16:54 AM »
Snakes on coins was an old idea, this one is from Roman Egypt, AD 130:



Hadrian - Roman Provincial Egypt Bronze Obol - Cobra
Laureate head right
AVT KAI TPAI ADPRIA CEB (Emperor Caesar Trajan Hadrian Augustus)
Cobra erect with head left, hood spread, crowned with horns and disc.
L-ID (year 14) in field
Struck: AD 129-130, Alexandria, Egypt
Size: 20mm
Weight: 4.94gm
Catalog: Milne 2249
The cobra was a symbol of royalty and divine authority in ancient Egypt.

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Re: Snakes on coins
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2012, 12:18:48 AM »
Canada, Year of the Snake silver coins.

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Re: Snakes on coins
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2012, 09:55:35 PM »
Hong Kong, 1000 dollars (gold), 1977.  Year of the snake.

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Re: Snakes on coins
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2014, 01:21:16 PM »
Algeria, 10 centimes (Token), 1916.
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Re: Snakes on coins
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2014, 12:24:03 PM »
Liberia, 5$, 2000.
Year of the snake.
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Re: Snakes on coins
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2015, 01:15:27 AM »
Aruba, 10 florin, 2003.  Crotalus durissus - South American rattle snake.