J.G. writes: I have a coin about the size of a quarter bronze color. On the front side is a picture of a animal with a human head and the back side is a horse with a man in a robe standing behind the horse. Any information will help. THANK YOU.
The piece you have is a medal not a coin. Coins usually have some reference to a denomination, either by symbol or words. You haven’t provided enough information to identify it, (i.e. is there a legend?) but depictions of human and animal combinations on coins go back to the Ancient Greeks. For example, Sarapis, a bearded man-headed bull, appears on many coins of Neapolis (modern Naples, Italy). Sarapis was suppose to be a healer, miracle worker and a sun god. A nifty symbol for your up and coming city state.
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