The pictorial sign represents the new or
seen in the region of the equator and was a symbol for the moon god
Sin, the god of
the Euphrates-Tigris valley culture between the years 2000 and 1000
B.C. Note that was also a common sign in the
Euphrates culture during the same period. It probably had the same
meaning as .
Compare with for the new moon from the Egyptian hieroglyphic system. It is strange that the Egyptians turned the sign , picturing the new or waning moon as seen in the Nile valley, 180 degrees when used as a hieroglyph.
appears as a mark of cadency signifying the second son. For more details about marks of cadency, turn to in Group 22.
The horizontal crescent sign of the type , signifies the Arabic League, a union of Islamic states.