Christmas in July
Updated: Sep 19, 2020
It was "Christmas in July" when this “Star of Bethlehem” coin arrived this week.
Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch.
AE Trichalkon, Q. Ummidius Durmius Quadratus, legatus
Obv: Turreted and veiled bust of Tyche right with ANTIOXEΩN
Rev: Leaping ram (Aries) looking back at star in crescent above, EΠIKOYADPATOY (translation is “reign of Quadratus”) dated ETEP
25th Anniversary of Resurrection & 60th Anniversary of Birth, ETEP= 105 or 56/7AD (Caesarian Era starting 49BC)
This was minted during the first years of Nero’s reign in Rome (misattributed as McAlee 125a in the auction listing - I think the correct references are McAlee 102; RPC I 4290).
Here are a couple of interesting links related to this coin:
The Star of Bethlehem : The Legacy of the Magi by Michael R. Molnar, 1999
Star of Bethlehem Coins : A Set of Serial Commemoratives by T. B. Cartwright, 2014