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Moon in Cancer


EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Drachm (35.5mm, 26.31 g, 12h). Zodiac series. Dated RY 8 (AD 144/145). AYT K T AIΛ A∆P ANTωNINOC CЄB ЄVC, laureate head right / Moon in Cancer – Draped and diademed bust of Selene (Moon) right; star of eight rays before, crescent moon below, crab beneath all; [L]–H (date) to either side. Köln 1494; Dattari (Savio) 2964; K&G 35.270; RPC IV.4 Online 13545; Emmett 1681.8. Brown patina with touches of green and red, a couple smoothing/cleaning scratches. VF.

An enormous crab came to the aid of the Lernaean Hydra in its battle with Herakles by nipping Herakles’ foot with a claw. In reward for the crab’s service, Hera set its image among the twelve signs of the Zodiac.