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Coin ID #3956

Paphos (BC 27-AD 14) AE 17 - Augustus

Augustus, 27 BC-14 AD. AE17 (4.60g). A. Plautius, Proconsul, 21 BC. Bare head right / Temple of Aphrodite at Paphos, within which is a conical xoanon, semicircular courtyard around. VF, dark grayish-green patina. Exceptional for this issue. Alexandre de Barros Coll.; ex CNG El. 115, lot 287.

The conical stone which stood at the center of this temple was found by archaeologists a short distance from the temple. It has been confirmed to be a meteorite.

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City/Mint name:Paphos
Rating (4 votes):22222
Keywords:bronze / roman
References:RPC I 3906; BMC Cyprus p. 73, 2; SNG Copenhagen 69
Valuation:CNG Elec. Auc. 148 (9/2006), lot 273 ($258)
Photo courtesy of:Classical Numismatic Group -
Filesize:143 KiB
Date added:Oct 01, 2006
Dimensions:800 x 394 pixels
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Mark2   [Feb 15, 2015 at 05:47 AM]
This sacred stone is actually an earthly stone, not a meteorite according to the International Meteorite Collectors Association. See their website and click on the IMCA Insights April 2006 article by Norbert Classen. There is a photo of this stone which is now in a Cyprus museum.

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