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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Crisis & Decline| > |Gallienus| > SH11625
Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D., Phoenicia, Berytos
|Gallienus|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.,| |Phoenicia,| |Berytos|, Astarte, called "Ashtroth" in Scripture, was the favorite goddess of the Sidonians, Tyrians, Philistines, and Syro-Phoenicians generally. She was associated with the Greek Aphrodite and Roman Venus Genetrix, being believed by the ancients to be the goddess of generation, as well as of beauty. Astarte was chiefly worshiped and appears on the coins of Berytus, Bostra, Sidon, and Tyre. Her image is of a young woman, wearing a tall headdress; and clothed in a tunic, high in the neck- sometimes, not reaching lower than the knees, or sometimes with a longer dress, but with one knee exposed, and one foot planted on a galley's prow.
SH11625. Bronze AE 28, BMC Phoenicia 264, VF, Berytos (Beirut, Lebanon) mint, weight 15.583g, maximum diameter 27.9mm, die axis 0o, 259 A.D.; obverse IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse COL IVL AVG FEL BER, Astarte standing facing, foot on galley, cruciform standard in right and aphlaston in left arm, crowned by Nike standing on column right; nice green patina; SOLD











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