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- Roman Empire
- Minted in: Apamea
- (Asia,Turkey,Aegean Region (Turkey),Afyonkarahisar (province),Apamea (Phrygia))
- Weight: 17.42 grammes
- Diameter: 35.5 millimetres
- Die-axis: 12 o'clock
This Old Testament Biblical scene is depicted on coinage of the third century AD, in the last century of the pagan Roman Empire. The story of Noah and the flood has a local connection in Apamea’s location near to Mount Ararat where Noah’s Ark came to rest according to Genesis 8:4. The coin reverse depicts Noah and his wife twice. On the left they have arrived on Ararat but even more interestingly on the right they are adrift in the ark; shown as a simple box or rather a chest with lid (and on better preserved specimens this can be seen to be conveniently labelled with Noah’s name in Greek: NΩЄ). Above them the dove with olive branch sets the scene from Genesis 8:10-11:
"He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf. Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth."
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Object reference number: CGR12406
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