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Coins of Heliopolis at the AUB Museum

​​The AUB Museum preserves more than 11, 000 ancient coins which reveal the political, social and economical history of the region throughout the centuries.

The coins of Heliopolis (modern day Baalbek) represent huge temples in the Roman period, and demonstrate what they looked like in their heyday.
Coin (Inv.# C2326) depicts on its reverse, the great temple of Jupiter Heliopolitanus, of which only six columns remain standing nowadays. Whereas, the Roman emperor Septimius Severus is depicted (AD 193 – 211) on the obverse.

The second coin (Inv.# C1606) reveals the entrance to the Jupiter sanctuary, which is relatively intact, on its reverse, and on its obverse, the Emperor Philip I (AD 244 – 249).

Stay tuned for more artifacts from the AUB Archaeological Museum!​

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​​Inventory# 1606

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