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Ancient Animals - Hippopotamus


Otacilia Severa, AR Antoninianus, 248, Rome, Officina 4
OTACIL SEVERA AVG
Diademed, draped bust right on crescent, hair weaved in straight lines and rows with long plait carried up the back of head
SAECVLARES AVGG
Hippopotamus standing right, head down
IIII in exergue
22mm x 24mm, 4.35g
RIC IV, Part III, 116b (C)

Note: This coin belongs to the 1000th Anniversary of Rome series.


Otacilia Severa, AR Antoninianus, 248, Rome, Officina 4
OTACIL SEVERA AVG
Diademed, draped bust right on crescent, hair weaved in straight lines and rows with long plait carried up the back of head
SAECVLARES AVGG
Hippopotamus standing right, head down
IIII in exergue
20mm x 22mm, 3.93g
RIC IV, Part III, 116b (C)

Note: This coin belongs to the 1000th Anniversary of Rome series. Also, this is the most peculiar example I've seen for a hippo - If I didn't know it was supposed to be a hippo, I would have definitely called it a bear. Note the small, round nose on the end of the snout and the angle of the skull from the brow to the base of the snout. Also note the clawed feet. The short tail and round ears are common to both animals.


Otacilia Severa, AR Antoninianus, 248, Rome, Officina 4
OTACIL SEVERA AVG
Diademed, draped bust right on crescent, hair weaved in straight lines and rows with long plait carried up the back of head
SAECVLARES AVGG
Hippopotamus standing right, head up
IIII in exergue
22mm x 23mm, 3.89g
RIC IV, Part III, 116b (C)

Trajan, AE Hemi-Obol, 111/112 (Year 17), Alexandria-Egypt.  Laureate head right.  Hippo right, LIZ above.  Emmett 719.

Hadrian, AE35, Year 12, Alexandria-Egypt.  Laureate, draped bust right.  Nilus, reclining left, holding cornucopiae in left hand, with infant standing on top offering wreath to Nilus, leaning on hippo with right arm, grain stalk behind.  IC in middle field, L DODEK in exergue.  Milne 1338v; Emmett 1015.  The IC (which is Iota = 10 + Digamma = 6) means 16 cubits.  L DODEK means Year 12.