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Offline redwine

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Sea monster ketos
« on: September 14, 2017, 08:34:07 AM »
Sea monster ketos, in this case bearded.  Incuse.
Cetus swimming in the sea.  Again, it looks like a dinosaur swimming ring.  Thank you Peter!  ;D

I posted another piece on another thread which I'll post here again. "No Ketos at Kindya" suggests these may not be from Caria, Kindya?

Other interesting links

Coinproject
Wildwinds
Asiaminorcoins

Any thoughts?  Many thanks  ;D
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Re: Sea monster ketos
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2017, 08:48:53 PM »
I have another  8)
Better than all the rest - sounds like a line from a song :)
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Re: Sea monster ketos
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2017, 03:46:01 PM »
Thanks to http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=112736.0
It appears two of them are goats   :-[ ::)
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Re: Sea monster ketos
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2017, 03:50:08 PM »
At least goats can get you goat cheese. Sea monsters are particularly unproductive. Unfortunately, I can give only limited help on classical Greek coins. I hope someone else can do better...

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Re: Sea monster ketos
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2017, 07:04:21 PM »
Never too late to learn  ;D
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Re: Sea monster ketos
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2017, 12:06:01 AM »
Not my type of coin either but I did find this Gold coin depicting goats... from Lesbos - both female?  ???

Gold coin depicting goats, from Lesbos, reverse, SNG 4340. Greek coins. Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum
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Re: Sea monster ketos
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2017, 07:44:50 AM »
But surely those are rams!  :-\
Thanks Mal  ;D  It appears that others are having trouble identifying animals :o
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Re: Sea monster ketos
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2017, 08:43:04 AM »
Rams will be rams, even on Lesbos ;)

One thing I learned from your obols is the importance of small cattle for ancient Greeks. Thinking about it now, I remember offerings of rams, sheep and horses, not cows and then there's the golden fleece. Yet, why put them on coins? I think the answer is that soldiers have to eat also, so the size of the army is determined by the number of goats and sheep available to them. That would explain why the gap between Alexander's army and the army of the mighty Persians wasn't much greater than it was: there was no way the Achaemenids could have fed an even larger army...

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