What does AC mean in dating ancient coins?

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  1. edteach

    edteach Well-Known Member

    I was looking at a coin that the date was AC 2 to 14 AD. What is AC? Is this another way to say BC or BCE?
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  3. Curtis

    Curtis Well-Known Member

    I usually see that used in Italian, Spanish, and French -- "avanti Cristo" (A.C.), "antes de Cristo," and "avant Jésus-Christ" for BC/BCE.
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  4. paddyman98

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    AC - Antes means before in Spanish
    Antes de Cristo
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  5. edteach

    edteach Well-Known Member

    Got it. I think they are French. so it may be the same abbreviation in that language.
  6. GinoLR

    GinoLR Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's supposed to be French. it's Latin. AC : Ante Christum (Before Christ). AD : Anno Domini (Year of the Lord).
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