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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Greek Imperial| > |Decapolis, Arabia & Syria| > RY45451
Antioch, Seleukis and Pieria, Syria, 55 - 56 A.D.
|Decapolis,| |Arabia| |&| |Syria|, |Antioch,| |Seleukis| |and| |Pieria,| |Syria,| |55| |-| |56| |A.D.|, Michael Molnar, an astronomer, believes this coin depicts Jupiter's occultation of Aries in 6 B.C., the most probable "Star of Bethlehem." We think it is unlikely; nevertheless, the type is very popular and somewhat expensive.
RY45451. Bronze AE 19, McAlee 101; RPC I 4287; BMC Galatia p. 160, 69; SNG Cop 99 var. (no crescent), Choice gVF, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 5.140g, maximum diameter 19.1mm, die axis 0o, reign of Nero, legate series, 55 - 56 A.D.; obverse ANTIOXEΩN, veiled and turreted head of Tyche right; reverse EΠI KOYA∆PATOY, ram leaping right, looking back, star within crescent above, ET ∆P (year 104 of the Caesarean Era) below; this type is nicknamed "The Star of Bethlehem Coin"; SOLD











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