Postumus and the three suns: neglected numismatic evidence for a solar halo

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dc.contributor.author Woods, David
dc.date.accessioned 2013-12-03T10:16:11Z
dc.date.available 2013-12-03T10:16:11Z
dc.date.issued 2012-12
dc.identifier.citation Woods, D. (2012) 'Postumus and the Three Suns: Neglected Numismatic Evidence for a Solar Halo'. Numismatic Chronicle, 172 :85-92. en
dc.identifier.volume 172 en
dc.identifier.startpage 85 en
dc.identifier.endpage 92 en
dc.identifier.issn 0078-2696
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1272
dc.description.abstract The coinage of the emperor Postumus (AD260-69) included an aureus of unique reverse type depicting three draped and radiate busts in a row, with the centre bust facing forward while the two busts on either side face sideways towards it. It is argued that this depicts three busts of Sol and was intended to symbolize the apparent appearance of three suns in the sky, as described, for example by Pliny the Elder (NH 2.99), that is, the occurrence of a solar halo. A number of other coins almost certainly commemorate similar events, although not in the same way, from issues by Mark Antony in 42BC to issues under Constantine I from 310. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher The Royal Numismatic Society en
dc.relation.uri http://www.numismatics.org.uk
dc.rights © 2011, The Royal Numismatic Society en
dc.subject Postumus en
dc.subject Solar halo en
dc.subject Sun en
dc.subject Sol en
dc.subject Vision en
dc.subject Octavian en
dc.subject Mark Antony en
dc.subject Septimius Severus en
dc.subject Constantine en
dc.subject Labarum en
dc.title Postumus and the three suns: neglected numismatic evidence for a solar halo en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother David Woods, Classics, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: d.woods@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.date.updated 2013-12-02T18:00:56Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Numismatic Chronicle en
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes. 3 Dec 2013. Dear Breeda, Yes, I can confirm that I have permission to archive the published version of my submission to NC 172 in CORA.Thanks, David en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress d.woods@ucc.ie en


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