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Civic copper of Erivan / jumping watchdog
« on: May 19, 2019, 03:21:52 PM »
This is an unusual animal on a civic copper : a jumping dog with tail in plume and collar.
It reminds me the mosa´c at the entrance of the "house of the tragic poet" at Pompei : "cave canem" / "beware of the dog"....

" ضرب ایروان  " "zarb Erivan" 8,2g / 19mm ; struck on a folded flan , no date visible.
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Re: Civic copper of Erivan / jumping watchdog
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2019, 07:01:39 AM »
Since there are a number of hunting scenes on these coins, a dog would certainly be a possibility. While I don't know all that many dogs, most will act up only when there is someone at home and run scared and hide for people (not cats) when alone in the garden. :) Perhaps that would fit in with tragic poetry?

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Re: Civic copper of Erivan / jumping watchdog
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2019, 06:34:45 PM »
I think this one is running after the postman  :D
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Re: Civic copper of Erivan / jumping watchdog
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2019, 11:20:18 AM »
This other coin also shows a dog.
it's an afghan  copper of Ahmadshahi (Qandahar) that I've had for a long time; the script is similar to Valentine n░64/p.179 (1227 AH) with a lion.
This one looks better like a dog and a digit 7 could be present at 9 o'clock ?
4,25g / thickness :1-1,5mm.
I am not 100% confident about its authenticity even if it looks ok  :-\

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Re: Civic copper of Erivan / jumping watchdog
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2019, 11:32:27 AM »
Maybe Afghan and Iranian die cutters weren't overly concerned by anatomic correctness, so why not a dog? The tail is long enough for the dog to be used as a Roomba, though ;) More important, these are really good fun coins, reflecting the fiercely independent spirit of the region at this time.

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