Billon Tetradrachm. 13.43g, 25.2mm
MINTED: SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria, Emesa mint, circa AD 217-218
REF: Prieur 972
OBVERSE: AYT K M OΠ CE MAKPINOC CEB (E and B below bust), laureate head right.
REVERSE: ΔHMAPX EΞ YΠATOC ΠΠ, Eagle standing facing, head left, wreath in beak; between legs, bust of Shamash facing left.
Fine/Almost Very Fine. Largely uncleaned, with deposits and thick, dark toning. Some underlying silver showing through in areas. Some porosity. Still, a decent and affordable large chunky billon (silver alloy) coin of this less common ruler.
Emesa, the present day city of Homs in western Syria, sits on a site that has a long history of human habitation, dating back to as far as 2,300 BC. The Arab Emesene dynasty of Emesa, who were high-priests of the Syrian sun god El-Gabal, were recognized as rulers of the city by Pompey the Great on behalf of the Roman Republic in 64 BC. The Roman Empress Julia Domna, and the emperors Caracalla, Geta, Elagabalus and Severus Alexander, were all descendants of an Emescene High Priest of El-Gabal.
MACRINUS . SELEUCIS and PIERIA, Emesa . AR Tetradrachm . Head of Shamash
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