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Coins And The Rain Miracle

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Coins that supposed to serve as data for explicating the rain and lightening miracle have been studied in a number of works. This chapter examines these coins. Among the coins minted by Marcus Aurelius, several types were connected earlier to the lightning and rain miracles. The lightening miracle was first identified with a type of minting depicting the emperor as Jupiter, holding a thunderbolt and spear, his head crowned by Victoria, with the legend Vic(toria) Ger(manica). The chapter also presents H. Wolff's objections to the connection of the figure of Mercurius type of coin and the rain miracle as the coins were not struck before December 173, and the theory is that the rain miracle happened in 172.

Keywords: coins; emperor as Jupiter; Marcus Aurelius; rain miracle

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