Elagabalus, 218-222 AD, AE26, Moesia Inferior, Marcianopolis, Demeter
Ruler/Emperor:
Elagabalus, struck under Sergius Titianus, consular legate / governor of Moesia Inferior
City/Region:
Moesia Inferior, Marcianopolis
Denomination:
AE26
Composition:
Bronze
Date:
218 to 222 AD
Obverse:
AVT K M AVPHA ANTΩNEINOC, Laureate head of Elagabalus, facing right
Reverse:
VΠ CEPΓ TITIANOV MAPKIANOΠOΛITΩN, Demeter standing, facing left; in left hand, holding two corn-ears in extended right hand and vertical sceptre in left
Size:
26.40mm, 10.94g, 12h
Grade:
VF, centration dimple on obverse, well centred, boldy struck, smooth fields, green (repatinated) surfaces, slight bare metal on rim
Rarity:
rare, not in most references; the only example in online auction archives
Provenance:
From the Hoffman Collection, ex Pegasi Numismatics Auction 3217 (14 November 2017), Lot 316
References:
Varbanov I 1483; AMNG I/I -; Moushmov -; BMC Thrace -; Lindgren II -; Lindgren III -; Weber II -; SGICV -

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Elagabalus was Roman Emperor from 218 to 222 AD. Born in Syria, he was later named after the god Elagabal whom he served as a priest in his youth. He lived an extremely eccentric and decadent life showing total disregard for Roman traditions. This most likely led to his assassination at the young age of 18 in a plot organised by his aunt, Julia Maesa. This coin was struck under the consular legate Sergius Titianus in Marcianopolis, a city founded by Trajan and named after his sister, Marciana.