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Valerian I, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D., Tyre, Phoenicia
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.
RP77850. Bronze AE 29, Baramki
AUB 283; BMC Phoenicia
p. 287, 453 corr.
leg.); SNG Hunterian
3431 var. (palm
reversed, etc.); Lingren-Kovacs 2396; SNG Cop
-, F, green patina
with lighter highlighting fields, reverse
slightly off center, Tyre mint, weight
14.794g, maximum diameter
28.9mm, die axis
, Oct 253 - c. Jun 260 A.D.; obverse IMP C P LIC
VALERIANVS AVG, radiate
and cuirassed bust
right, from the front; reverse
COL - TY-RO - MET, hexastyle
temple, Tyche-Astarte standing facing within under central arch, wearing tall headdress and short tunic, right hand on trophy
standing to her left, transverse
in left hand, left foot on galley, being crowned by Nike
on short column to her right; tree, altar
, and murex
shell from left to right in exergue
Catalog current as of Friday, May 24, 2019.
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