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Elagabalus, 218-222 A.D.

(2 coins)

55677 Order
Cilicia, Tarsos, Elagabalus, 218-222 A.D.
AE 31, 16.21g. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus to right. Rev. Crown of Cilicia with imperial portraits and prize crown on altar. SNG Levante 1078. Ziegler 722. Brown patina. See more detailed image
Very Fine $575.00

53971 Order
Elagabalus, Stone of Emesa, ex: Mazzini

AR Denarius, 3.61g. 19.5mm. Antioch, c. 219-220 A.D. IMP ANTONINVS AVG. Laureate and draped bust of Elagabalus to right. Rev. COS III P P. Eagle with wreath in beak standing on thunderbolt in front of the Stone of Emesa, a large conical stone inscribed with five stars. RIC IV, pt. 2, 176. BMC p. 584= Arnold collection example, Glendining, London, Auction Nov. 21, 1984, lot 252= Hess-Leu, Lucerne, Auction 41, April 24-25, 1969, lot 375. C 26. Lightly toned with luster, near mint state, and struck from fresh dies on both sides with the reverse in very high relief. This is the finest known example of a great rarity.

The stone was probably a meteorite as described by Herodian(v.3.5) as having come down from Zeus. This stone was worshipped in a temple at Emesa by Elagabalus as a symbol of the sun-god and then carried to Rome in 219 and placed in a temple on the Palatine.

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: Mazzini collection, Elagabalus 26(RRR), published Milan, 1957.
Ex: Bank Leu, Zurich, Auction 28, May 5, 1981, lot 512 (realized 28,000 CHF hammer).

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Extremely Fine $75,000.00

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