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A bronze coin of Severus Alexander from Sidon showing the cart of Astarte with a baetyl. Coin Type: Bronze AE28 of Severus Alexander, 222-235 CE.
Mint and Date: Sidon in Phoenicia, 222-235 CE
Size and Weight: 26mm x 28mm, 8.23g.
Obverse: IMR CAE M AVR SEV ALEXANDR
Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
Reverse: COL AVR PIA METRO SID
Shrine of Astarte on two wheels; within, a round baetyl above two pyramidal supports between four columns; four palm branches on baldaquin.
Provenance: amphoracoins (eBay), May 2010.
Ref: SNG Copenhagen 268; BMC 318-319.
BW Ref: 048 049 159
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