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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Severan Period| > |Diadumenian| > SH52104
Diadumenian, Mid May - 8 June 218 A.D., Byblos, Phoenicia
Astarte, a Phoenician fertility and war goddess, was the principal deity of the port city of Sidon. Other major centers of Astarte's worship were Tyre and Byblos, and she was worshiped as far west as Carthage, Sicily, Sardinia and Cyprus. The Greeks associated her with Aphrodite. Byblos produced papyrus and our word bible was derived from the name of this city.
SH52104. Bronze AE 23, BMC Phoenicia 40 - 43, Rouvier 699, VF, Byblos (Jbail, Lebanon) mint, weight 11.066g, maximum diameter 23.1mm, die axis 195o, as caesar, 11 Apr 217 - mid May 218 A.D.; obverse MOΠ ∆IA∆YMENIANOC KAI, bare-headed, cuirassed bust right; reverse BYBΛOYIEPAC, temple of two columns surmounted by arch of shell pattern; inside Astarte stands right, turreted, foot on prow, long scepter in right, before her Nike offering wreath standing on column; scarce; SOLD

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