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    NORTHERN SYRIA. Uncertain Mint. Possibly 3rd Century AD. AE15 (2.70 gm). NGC VF 4/5 - 4/5. Ram jumping left, head right, border of pellets / Pair of scales, pellet in center, border of pellets. Butcher p.405, 11. BM uncertain trays 10, 1947 6-6-1277.

    This is a highly controversial type, with some following the original attribution of Weiser to the late Egyptian Pharaoh Nectanebo II (361-343 BC), while more recent research points to a Syrian origin in the second or third century AD. Until recently the type was exceedingly rare, with the find spots unknown or disputed, and the typology seemed to suggest a connection with Nectanebo's gold coins, which showed a similar leaping horse and a hieroglyphic symbol for the heart and lungs. Many more coins have recently come to light and these all seem to have originated in Syria, not Egypt. Antioch struck coins in the first century BC / AD depicting a similar leaping ram, and the scales could be a symbol for commerce as opposed to a reference to Egyptian mythology relating to the weighing of the heart. However, the absence of any identifying ethnic is highly unusual for Syria. 


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