Æ 21 - Elagabalus Antioch

Æ 21 - Elagabalus (Antioch) -  obverseÆ 21 - Elagabalus (Antioch) -  reverse

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Features

Country Roman provinces (Syria)
(Rome)
Emperor Elagabalus (218-222)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 218-222
Currency Denarius
Composition Bronze
Weight 6 g
Diameter 21 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
References BMC RE# 435
  • Harold Mattingly, Robert A. G. Carson; 1976. Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum / Volume 1. Augustus to Vitellius (2nd edition). British Museum, London, United Kingdom.
  • Harold Mattingly, Robert A. G. Carson; 1976. Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum / Volume 2. Vespasian to Domitian (2nd edition). British Museum, London, United Kingdom.
  • Harold Mattingly, Robert A. G. Carson; 1976. Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum / Volume 3. Nerva to Hadrian (2nd edition). British Museum, London, United Kingdom.
  • Harold Mattingly; 1968. Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum / Volume 4. Antoninus Pius to Commodus (2nd edition). British Museum, London, United Kingdom.
  • Harold Mattingly, Robert A. G. Carson, Philip V. Hill; 1975. Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum / Volume 5. Pertinax to Elagabalus (2nd edition). British Museum, London, United Kingdom.
  • Robert A. G. Carson; 1962. Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum / Volume 6. Severus Alexander to Balbinus and Pupienus. British Museum, London, United Kingdom.

Obverse

Radiate head right

Lettering: AVT KAI MA ANTΩNEINOC

Reverse

Large SC within wreath
ΔΕ above, eagle below
star at top of wreath

Lettering:
ΔΕ
SC

Comments

Elagabalus, also known as Heliogabalus, was Roman emperor from 218 to 222.
(Latin: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus; c. 203 – 11 March 222)
In his early youth he served as a priest of the god Elagabalus in the hometown of his mother's family, Emesa. As a private citizen, he was probably named Sextus Varius Avitus Bassianus. Upon becoming emperor he took the name Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus. He was called Elagabalus only after his death.

Elagabalus developed a reputation among his contemporaries for extreme eccentricity, decadence, and zealotry. This tradition has persisted, and with writers of the early modern age he suffers one of the worst reputations among Roman emperors. Edward Gibbon, for example, wrote that Elagabalus "abandoned himself to the grossest pleasures and ungoverned fury". According to Barthold Georg Niebuhr, "The name Elagabalus is branded in history above all others" because of his "unspeakably disgusting life". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elagabalus

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (218-222) 

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