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Macrinus, 217-218 AD, Phoenicia, Aradus, AR Tetradrachm, Prieur Plate Coin

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Prieur Plate coin. This coin is illustrated in the following standard reference: Prieur, M. & K. Prieur. The Syro-Phoenician Tetradrachms and their fractions from 57 BC to AD 258. (Lancaster, PA, 2000)
Origin:
Phoenicia, Aradus
Authority:
Macrinus
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
217-218 AD
Obverse:
AYT·KAI·ΠO·CE·MAKPINOC, Laureate bust of Macrinus, right, seen from behind
Reverse:
ΔHMARPX EΞ YΠATA, Eagle facing, wings spread, head and tail right, holding wreath in beak; between legs, bull's head right
Size:
25.43mm, 11.6g, 7h
Grade:
VF, well struck, toned
Rarity:
exceedingly rare
Rarity Details:
only 1 known to Prieur, only 5 in coinarchives
Pedigreed:
Provenance:
Pedigreed: Prieur Plate Coin, from the Michael Prieur Collection, ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 449 (31 July 2019), Lot 336; ex Berk BBS 60 (16 January 1990), Lot 408
References:
Prieur 1248 (this coin cited and illustrated); McAlee - ;BMC Galatia -; Butcher -
General Information:
Marcus Opellius Severus Macrinus Augustus was Roman Emperor from 217 to 218, reigning jointly with his son Diadumenianus. Originally a praetorian prefect under Emperor Caracalla, he organised the assassination of Caracalla in order to save his own life. His short reign comprising of cleaning up the messes of his predecessor came to an early end when he and his son were both separately assassinated so that the usurper Elagabalus could succeed them as Emperor.
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