Elagabalus [Antoninus] (16th May AD 218 - 11th March AD 222)

The accession of Elagabalus to the throne was the result of a revolt fomented by his grandmother, Julia Maesa, sister-in-law of the emperor Septimius Severus and aunt of Caracalla. A successful military campaign and the backing of allies in the Senate assured the teenager's accession to power, and he slowly made his way to Rome. Elagabalus seemed to strive during his short reign to break every social and sexual taboo of Roman society. He refused to wear the traditional woollen garb of the Romans and appeared in barbaric silk dress. He introduced his mother to the Senate and later created a women's senate. Elagabulus himself behaved effeminately; and though he successively married five women, one of whom was a Vestal virgin, he remained childless. Eventually his excesses led to his murder by the Praetorians, who replaced him with his cousin Alexander. He was killed in latrines where he was found hiding, and his body was thrown in the Tiber.

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Elagabalus 'Eagle' Tetradrachm 024929

Elagabalus 'Eagle' Tetradrachm
Billon, 12.82 grams, 25.36 mm. Antioch, Syria. 219-220 AD. Obverse: AVT K M ANTWNEINOC CEB, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder, three dots above. Reverse: DHMARX EX UPATOC TO B, eagle standing facing, head left, holding wreath in its beak, star between legs, delta-epsilon across upper fields. Prieur 249; Sear SGI 3096; Sear (1988) 2141. Near extremely fine.
£135.00

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Elagabalus 'Eagle' Tetradrachm 024929
Elagabalus 'Eagle' Tetradrachm 024928

Elagabalus 'Eagle' Tetradrachm
Billon, 12.58 grams, 29.13 mm. Antioch, Syria. 219-220 AD. Obverse: AVT K M ANTWNEINOC CEB, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder, three dots above. Reverse: DHMARX EX UPATOC TO B, eagle standing facing, head left, holding wreath in its beak, star between legs, delta-epsilon across upper fields. Prieur 249; Sear SGI 3096; Sear (1988) 2141. Near extremely fine.
£130.00

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Elagabalus 'Eagle' Tetradrachm 024928
Elagabalus 'Eagle' Tetradrachm 024927

Elagabalus 'Eagle' Tetradrachm
Billon, 12.85 grams, 24.85 mm. Antioch, Syria, unknown engraver type. 219-220 AD. Obverse: AVT K M ANTWNEINOC CEB, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder, one ribbon over shoulder, three dots above. Reverse: DHMARX EX UPATOC TO B, eagle standing facing, head right, holding wreath in its beak, star between legs, delta-epsilon across upper fields. Prieur 266; cf Sear SGI 3096; cf Sear (1988) 2141. Near extremely fine, reverse slightly not struck up. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£150.00

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Elagabalus 'Eagle' Tetradrachm 024927


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