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Why choose this Roman Empire 218-222 AD Silver Denarius of Elagabalus?
Elagabalus was known during his life as Heliogabalus, although he took the name Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus upon becoming Emperor. Only after his death did he become known as Elagabalus. His aunt, Julia Maesa, made his ascension to power possible by instigating a revolt against Marcus Opellius Macrinus. With his defeat at the Battle of Antioch, Elagabalus became emperor at just 14 years of age. His short reign was characterized by ignorance of affairs of state and sexual deviance with both men and women, behavior that estranged the populace, the Senate, and the Praetorian Guard. He was assassinated and replaced by Severus Alexander just four years after taking power. This Silver Denarius dates back to his short and scandal ridden reign.
Laureate Draped Elagabalus Design
The young emperor is depicted in right-side profile wearing a laurel on the obverse. He is the picture of wild-eyed youth. Along the rim are Latin inscriptions that read, "IMP ANTONINVS AVG" (Emperor Antoninus, Augustus).
Pax strides toward the left side of the coin on the reverse. She carries a branch in one hand and a scepter in the other. "P M TR P II COS II P P" (Greatest Priest, Tribune of the People, Consul II, Father of his Country) is inscribed along the rim.
Exquisitely Maintained XF
The experts at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) certified that this coin is in Extremely Fine condition. To receive that grade, a coin must retain complete details with no more than minor wear that is limited to the highest points.
Don't miss your chance to own this Roman Empire AD 218-222 Elagabalus Silver Denarius.
|Year of Issue:||AD 218-222|
|Legal Tender:||Roman Empire|
Few ancient coins are as recognizable as the Roman denarius. This small silver coin carries massive historical significance. Produced from 211 BC until the middle of the 3rd century AD, this denomination served as the backbone of Roman coinage and was the inspiration behind many later European coins. ModernCoinMart carries a very large selection of these denarii, at very affordable prices!