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What species of bird is depicted on this coin?

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http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/citi/images/standard/WebLarge/WebImg_000100/139651_846511.jpg

Thanks in advance for your help!

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closed as not a real question by Rory M Feb 21 '13 at 1:17

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well I don't think this is really a biology question given that it is probably quite an "artistic" impression of the bird, but some clues as to the coins origin would help people hazard a best guess at most. –  GriffinEvo Feb 20 '13 at 22:51
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The coin shows Ptolomey I Soter I, a ruler of ancient Egypt c. 367 BC – c. 283 BC. This Source suggests that it is an eagle standing on a thunderbolt. This is corroborated here and again here so this seems most likely. This question isn't really answerable from within our site scope, however, see the species identification tag wiki. Hope the above helps though! –  Rory M Feb 21 '13 at 1:16
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It said to be an eagle.

It looks like a Ptolemy V (204–181 BC):

http://www.bonanza.com/listings/-DD-G-068-Ptolomy-V-Octadrachm-COPY/16293418?gpid=21297750541&gpkwd=&goog_pla=1&gclid=CMWBpbOaxrUCFYx_Qgod6TsA9w

it looks to be a pretty standard motif of that era:

Alexander III Great 336 BC Greek Coin

From: http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/alexander-iii-great-336bc-greek-coin-150614256

I agree that this is not really a biology question.. but what they hey.

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this is why we need new answer notifications when writing comments! –  Rory M Feb 21 '13 at 1:19
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I know a professional ichthyologist who once had to propose an identification for a fish painted on a cave wall. Surely it is more difficult than identifying from a real specimen, a photo or a scientific drawing, but in some case, artistic representations have a precise biological source of inspiration, and it is meaningful to try identifying it. If we didn't already knew what species of bird is represented here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… I think it would make sense trying a identification. –  bli Feb 21 '13 at 9:35
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