x Antoninus Pius. 138-161 AD. Alexandria. AE Drachm 34 mm. Zodiac series - Helios in Leo - Very Rare

Ancient Coins - x Antoninus Pius. 138-161 AD. Alexandria. AE Drachm 34 mm. Zodiac series - Helios in Leo - Very Rare
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Roman Egypt
Antoninus Pius. 138-161 AD
AE Drachm (21.71 gm ; 34 mm)

Zodiac series - Sun in Leo - Very Rare

Obv: Laureate head right
Rev: Lion pouncing left, Radiate crowned bust of Helios above ; star in upper left field.

ex: Eden Seminary Collection

During the Antonine period the fascinating repertory of Alexandrian types was enriched by several special bronze series of great interest to collectors. One drachm series, issued principally in the reign of Antoninus Pius, depicts the Labors of Heracles. The great Zodiac series was minted in the eighth year of Antoninus Pius (A.D. 145/6), probably to commemorate the commencement of the Sothaic Cycle in A.D. 139. This rare event, which occurred only every 1461 years, was marked by the by coincidence of Egypt's two traditional calendars, the Vague or civil calendar and the Sothaic or fixed calendar. The coin series itself however is based upon Greek astrology. Its drachms bear types symbolizing the sun, the moon, and the seven planets known to the ancients, passing through the signs of the Zodiac. Two rare varieties depict the entire Zodiac, or two Zodiacs with their signs in conjunction, clearly alluding to the coincidence of the two Egyptian calendars.
Price SKU: 3519
US$ 119.00
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  • CAD 151.00

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