What is AMMOLITE?
What is an Ammonite?
It was a squid-like or octopus-like creature which lived ___. There is a photo of a model at the Item 491 link. The model has 10 tentacles, although scientists aren’t actually certain how many the animal had. Soft tissue rarely survives the fossilization process. The closest relative today of the Ammonite is the Chambered Nautilus. This particular specimen lived in the tropical seas of what would eventually become southern Alberta, Canada. Tropical seas? Yes, the landmasses have moved quite a lot over planetary history and the center of what is now North America was once an open sea. See the National Geographic map from __ years ago.
What is Ammolite? In tropical seas, such as the South Pacific today, shells are frequently covered with Nacre in bright colors. Nacre is also called Mother-of-Pearl. It is an organic/inorganic composite produced by mollusks and the outer coating of pearls. In 1988 (?), the outer coating of this sort of Canadian and northern US ammonite was recognized as precious.
This particularly large 19" X 27" Ammonite specimen is covered in on all exterior sides in Ammolite. I acquired it from a well-known dinosaur hunter who bought it directly from the Alberta quarry; please refer to the Certificate. Note the apparent tooth marks. This could be evidence of how the Ammonite met it’s end at the jaws of a mosasaur or plesiosaur. Specimen weighs ____ pounds. Stand made by Deep in the Heart Foundry, Bastrop, Texas with a bronze finish. Specimen turns freely on central cylinder turntable. Tripod 30 1/2" widest at base. 56" high at top of holder.
Item 491 Ammonite covered in Ammolite.
AR Tetradrachm (16.91 g) Head of Arethusa to right on reverse, her hair bound tightly around her head, signed Eumenes, obverse quadriga galloping left, crowned by Nike. Circa 415-405 BCE. Ch XF, Strike: 4/5, Surface: 3/5, Fine Style.
Eumenes signature is EYMENOV below Arethusa’s reverse (front) portrait. She is shown submerged in her fresh water spring. Her hair is tied in an elaborate coiffure, loose curls falling onto her neck and forehead. Her earring is “S” shaped, in contrast with other known dies representing an anchor. Three playful dolphins frame the image as they play around her. The legend above her head reads SURAKOSIWN (of Syracuse).
The obverse (back) has a charioteer racing left in a four horse chariot. The rider is shown holding reins and goad as he leans forward to urge his horses faster. The goddess of Victory is shown above, descending from the heavens to crown the charioteer with a laurel wreath.