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422, Lot: 416. Estimate $300.
Sold for $450. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PHOENICIA, Sidon. Elagabalus. AD 218-222. Æ (30mm, 22.78 g, 12h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / AVR PIA SIDON COL MET, AETERN BFI, modius with two handles. BMC 274-5 var. (rev. legend); SNG Copenhagen –. VF, green and red-brown patina. Rare.

Ex Garth Drewry Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 69, 8 June 2005), lot 1237; Freeman & Sear 7 (22 February 2002), lot 277.

BMC p. cxv: “The modius (nos. 274-8) with AETERNVM BENEFICIVM (variously abbreviated) alludes to a foundation by the emperor, the revenues being devoted to the provisioning of the city.”