Ancient Roman coin of the moon goddess found in Israel

Dating to the time of emperor Antonino Pius, 1850 years ago

25 July, 13:51

    TEL AVIV - A Roman bronze coin dating back to approximately 1850 years ago, in excellent state of conservation, was found by the Israel Antiquities Authority's Marine Archaeology Unit (IAA) during a maritime dig in front the port of Haifa. In a press release, the IAA explains the coin was minted in the city of Alexandria, in Egypt, during the reign of emperor Antonino Pius (138-161 A.D.). The image of the goddess of the moon with a crab can be observed on one side of the coin, the symbol for the Cancer zodiac sign. Apparently, the coin was part of a collection representing the twelve zodiac signs. On the other side of the coin is the profile of emperor Antonino Pius.
    "This is the first time a similar coin is found in front of the Israeli coastline", stated Jacob Shavit, director of the Israel Antiquities Authority's Marine Archaeology Unit.

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