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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Constantinian Era| > |Magnentius| > RL91540
Magnentius, 18 January 350 - 10 August 353 A.D.
"I am the alpha and the omega" is an appellation of Jesus in the Book of Revelation (verses 1:8, 21:6, and 22:13). Alpha (A) and omega (Ω) are respectively the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. This would be similar to referring to someone in English as the "A and Z." Thus, twice when the title appears it is further clarified with the additional title "the beginning and the end" (Revelation 21:6, 22:13). The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet were used because the Book of Revelation was originally written in Greek.
RL91540. Bronze reduced double maiorina, cf. RIC VIII Arles 194 (S), Bastien MM 285, LRBC II 447, SRCV V 18781, Hunter V -, aF, a little rough and porous, part of edge ragged with a split, 2nd officina, Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, weight 5.717g, maximum diameter 25.5mm, die axis 0o, c. 1 Jan - 10 Aug 353 A.D.; obverse D N MAGNENTIVS P F AVG, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SALVS DD NN AVG ET CAES (the salvation of our noble emperor and caesar), large Christogram (Chi-Rho, Christ monogram), flanked by A - W (meaning Christ is the alpha and omega, first and last), SAR[•?] in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; scarce; $100.00




  






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Depeyrot, G. Les émissions monétaires d'Arles (4th -5th Siècles). Moneta 6. (Wetteren, 1996).

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