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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 1128

Elagabalus. AD 218-222. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.23 g, 12h). Antioch mint. Struck AD 218-219.

Triton XXIV
Lot: 1128.
 Estimated: $ 1 000

Roman Imperial, Silver

Sold For $ 2 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Elagabalus. AD 218-222. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.23 g, 12h). Antioch mint. Struck AD 218-219. ΛNTONINVS PIVS FEL ΛVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust righl / SΛNCT DEO S OLI, ELΛGΛBΛL in exergue, slow quadriga right, bearing the sacred stone of Emesa on which is an eagle, surrounded by four parasols. RIC IV 195; Thirion 360; RSC 268; BMCRE 284-5. Toned. In NGC encapsulation 4935007-004, graded Ch XF, Strike: 4/5, Surface: 4/5. Rare.

At the age of fourteen, Varius Avitus Bassianus (Elagabalus) inherited the office of high priest of the sun-god El-Gabal at Emesa in Syria. The cult of his sun god was represented by a sacred stone (or baetyl), and in AD 219 when he moved from Emesa to Rome, he took this stone, probably a meteorite, with him. This coin type commemorates the event.

The final winners of all Triton XXIV lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 January 2021. This lot is in Session Four, which begins 20 January 2021 at 2 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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