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Ancient Coins

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Description

Egypt. Alexandria. Antoninus Pius AD 138-161. Dated RY 6=AD 142/3
Billon-Tetradrachm

23mm., 13,10g.

ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС СЄΒ ЄVСЄΒ, laureate head of Antoninus Pius left / Phoenix crowned with nimbus standing right, AI-ωN around, L ς (date) across fields.

very fine, toned, earthen highlights

Dattari (Savio) 2433; Geissen 1426.

The Phoenix and the inscription ΑΙΩΝ (space ot time / age definition) are connected with the commencement of the Great Sothiac Cycle in the third Alexandrian year of Antoninus Pius (AD 139). The Great Sothiac Cycle, a cycle of 1460 Sothic years begins, when the star Sothis (ΣΩΘΙΣ=Sirius) rises on the same point on the horizon as the sun.

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