Roman Empire - Elagabalus (218-222 A.D.), bronze sestertius (22,00 g. 29 mm.) LIBERTAS AVGVSTI, very scarce!
MP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r., seen from behind.
LIBERTAS AVGVSTI / S – C Libertas, draped, standing l., holding sceptre in l. hand and pileus in outstretched r.; in r. field, star.
C 104. BMC 355. Mazzini 104. RIC 358.
A good portrait and a very attractive green patina.
Few emperors are known almost exclusively for their peculiarities and perversions, but on the short list of qualified applicants, Elagabalus rises to the top. The 19th Century antiquarian S.W. Stevenson, ever a delight for his artfully delivered comments, did not fail to deliver in his summary of Elagabalus whom he called : "…the most cruel and infamous wretch that ever disgraced humanity and polluted a throne…" Elagabalus and his family had lived in Rome during the reign of Caracalla, who was rumored to have been Elagabalus’ natural father. When Caracalla was murdered, his prefect and successor, Macrinus, recalled the family to their homeland of Syria. Upon arriving, Elagabalus assumed his role as hereditary priest of the Emesan sun-god Heliogabalus. For the Roman soldiers in the vicinity, who engaged in the common practice of solar worship, and who had fond memories of the slain Caracalla, Elagabalus was an ideal candidate for emperor. He soon was hailed emperor against Macrinus, who was defeated in a pitched battle just outside Antiochia.
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- Empire romain
- Héliogabale (218-222 apr. J.-C.)
- Année / Période et Variation
- LIBERTAS AVGVSTI / S – C Libertas standing to left, star in field, scarce
- Non gradé(e)