Septimius Severus, Emesa Mint 194-195 AD, Predictive of 197 AD Eclipse


This coin was minted in the city of Emesa (Homs, Syria). It is likely minted to be predictive of the 197 AD eclipse seen in Emesa. This city was home to the sun god cult. Notice the crescent is elongated and not lunar. The multiple star pattern may be representative of a brief eclipse and not a prolonged total eclipse. This pattern was present on the coins of Hadrian as well. Photo Athena Numismatics