Seleucis ad Pieria, Antioch Silanus, legatus Syriae, circa 13-14, Æ 20 “Star of Bethlehem”.
Seleucis ad Pieria, Antioch Silanus, legatus Syriae, circa 13-14, Æ 20 mm. 7.7 gm. Obv: Laureate, bearded head of Zeus r. Rev: Ram running r., head turned l., above, star, below, date ΔM (= year 44 of the Caesarean aera). BMC 159, 63. SNG Cop. 97. RPC, cf. p. 620.
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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