December 15, 2008

Seleukid coin with mare and foal

My friend Nantonos owns a coin (shown below) from the Ekbatana region in the Seleukid Kingdom, reign of Antiochos III (223-187 BC).

Seleukid coin, with suckling foal

This is probably my favorite coins of the one that Nantonos owns. See how the mare is nuzzling the foal’s rump? Mares do that to encourage a foal to suckle. Who ever struck this coin really knew horses.

Check out his photostream on Flickr to see other coins and photos.

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