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Hadrian Legionary Standard 118 AD

This coin was minted in Rome in 118 AD. The obverse shows Hadrian and the reverse shows a representation of a Roman Legionary Standard which would have been seen by the population of Israel. There appears to be eagles and a wreath at the top, followed by a lunar crescent. A pellet surrounded by a circle above another crescent symbol is present in the middle. The pellet within the circle has been taken by historians to represent the sun. This may be modern logical bias. Just like the dot on an "i" can represent one meaning together, the circle and dot above a crescent may be representative of a solar eclipse. There appears to be an inverted lunar crescent at the base of the standards. Handles are also seen at the base. Photo Lucernae Coins

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