Antioch, time of Augustus, Ae 20 AD 5/6. (Star of Bethlehem)


Seleukis and Pieria. Antioch. Civic Issue. Undated, circa AD 5/6 Æ 20 mm. 7.3 gm. Obv: Laureate head of Zeus right. Rev: Ram running right, head left; star above, monogram below. McAlee 95; RPC I 4265; SNG Copenhagen 95. Astronomer and Author Michael Molnar has published evidence that this coin depicts Jupiter’s occultation of Aries in 6 B.C., coinciding with the celestial event known as the “Star of Bethlehem.”

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