Elagabalus, 218-222 AD, AR Denarius, Emperor at Altar, struck 221 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Elagabalus
City/Region:
Rome mint
Denomination:
AR Denarius
Composition:
Silver
Date:
221 AD
Obverse:
IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Bust of Elagabalus, laureate, with horn, bearded, draped, cuirassed, right, seen from the front
Reverse:
P M TR P III COS III P P, Elagabalus, laureate, draped to feet, with large knot in girdle at waist, standing front, head left, sacrificing out of patera in right hand over garlanded and lighted altar, left, and holding club, sloped slightly up to right, at left shoulder, in left: star, high left, in field
Size:
19.69mm, 3.1g,6h
Grade:
gVF, toned
References:
RIC IV 46; BMCRE V 256-258; Cohen IV 204; RSC II 196

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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.