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Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D.
Lucifer means lightbringer, from the Latin lux "light" and ferre "to bear or bring." "Lucifer" is found in only one place in the Bible, Isaiah 14:12, but only in the King James and related versions: "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! The King James Version is based on the Vulgate, the Latin translation of Jerome. Jerome translated the Hebrew helel (bright or brilliant one) as "lucifer," which was a reasonable Latin equivalent. And yet it is this lucifer, the bright one or lightbearer, that became a name for Satan, Lord of Darkness.
RS89478. Silver denarius
, RIC IV
127 (R), RSC IV
69, Hunter III
47, SRCV III
VF, broad flan
, light marks, die wear, Rome
2.853g, maximum diameter
20.5mm, die axis
, issued for wedding to Tranquillina
, 241 A.D.; obverse
IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL
AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust
right, from behind; reverse DIANA LVCIFERA
standing right, lit long transverse
torch right in both hands
; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 73, part
of lot 970; SOLD
Catalog current as of Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
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