We are fortunate enough to share our ecosystem with animals. They enhance the natural beauty of our planet and even the most ferocious amongst them illustrate the nature with its refined and primal grace. Many artists had tried to capture this creation of nature with the brush or chisel but yet few come near to copying their perfection. Every aspect of a man’s creativity is inspired by its surroundings. Hence, it shouldn’t surprise us to see these beautiful animals depicted on coins too. One of the finest artistic representation of them are the animals on Roman coins. This coinage covers the wide variety of fauna, the embellishment of these beasts on Roman coinage is unique and awe-inspiring.
Human art is the reflection of nature, it’s nothing but an imitation and absorption of its gist. The coins created by humans are nothing but the inclusion of this art in his daily life. But this artistic nature of men took time to develop in the monetary system. The uniform coinage which depicted various elements of nature, mainly animals, came later in the human history when the urbanisation was at the height of its progress. The best example of this embellishment is the animals on Roman coins; the illustrative depiction of fauna on their coins is a beautiful part of their numismatic history.