Halley’s Comet on Tigran the Great’s Crown

An ABC News article on May 19, 2004 noted that according to the Armenian and Italian researchers the “symbol on his crown that features a star with a curved tail may represent the passage of Halley’s Comet in 87 BC.”  Tigran could have seen Halley’s comet when it passed closest to the Sun on August 6 in 87, according to the researchers, who said the comet would have been a ‘most recordable event’– heralding the New Era of the King of Kings.

“Coins of Armenian king Tigranes II the Great (95-55 BC), silver and copper-bronze tetradrachms and drachms, clearly reveal a star with a tail on the royal tiara which may be associated with the Halley’s comet passage of 87 BC. If so, one has another case when astronomical events can be useful for historical chronological problems, this would be a far earlier record of Halley in Armenia than was previously known from chronicles and also one of the earliest known images of Halley’s comet.” http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0405073

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