Antioch 44 AD (star of Bethlehem?)

Obv: Laureated head of Zeus r

. Rev: Ram Leaping r, looking back at a star

Metal: Bronze 6.63 grams, 20mm diameter. Condition: VF+


Star or Bethlehem?

Molnar has done impressive research that indicates that the star on this coin could be the Star of Bethlehem. Astrology equates Aries with Jerusalem and in 6 BC Jupiter made a rare apparent backward movement "stood over" in Aries between April 17 and December 19 the two "X" on the coin could indicate relative motion of Jupiter since they have no place in the Legend. Aries being Israel and Jupiter the sign of Kings and a rare "standing over" would indicate a birth of a king in Israel.