Couple of Syrian Tetradrachms

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Mat, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    I've been continuing to limit my coin buying for the time being within California because of the USPS.

    My latest additions are 2 Syrian Tetradrachms of Caracalla & Macrinus, not that I needed either in Tetradrachm form but these are scarcer types due to the busts & figures under the eagles.

    Caracalla (198 - 217 A.D.)
    AR Tetradrachm
    Beroea, Cyrrhestica, Syria
    O: AVT K M AV ANTΩNЄINOC CЄB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
    Eagle standing facing, head and tail left, with wings spread, holding wreath in beak; between legs, bird facing between legs.
    Prieur 884

    Macrinus (217 -218 A.D.)
    AR Tetradrachm
    MESOPOTAMIA, Carrhae
    O: AVT K M ΟΠ CЄ MAKPINOC CЄ, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
    R: ΔHMAPX ЄΞ VΠATOC, eagle standing facing on bull's head flanked by pellets, head right, with wings spread, holding wreath in beak.
    Prieur 827; Bellinger 165
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Love that Caracalla!
  4. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Beroea is a favorite with that cartoon bird between the BE. I have no idea if there is a meaning to the radiate crown on mine. 11.5g
  5. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Great coin, Doug.
  6. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Mat, Your two coins make an interesting pair :D. Caracalla was murdered under the instigation of Macrinus on his way to Carrhae. He was killed by a member of his own personal body guard while relieving himself by the side of the road :p. A fitting end for this monster ;). I've got two coins of the same type that have been posted before, but will post again for your thread.

    100_7071-1.jpg 100_7072-1.jpg Macrinus, Prieur 890.jpg Cyrrhestica, Beroea, Macrinus, AD 217-218, Billon Tetradrachm: 14.80 gm, 26 mm, 6 h. Prieur 890. Ex Harlan J Berk, June 5, 2009.
  7. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Both beat additions @Mat. I love that Caracalla!
  8. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

  9. nicholasz219

    nicholasz219 Well-Known Member

    Very interesting. I don’t have the experience with tets that you do, so the bird and bull additions in the exergue (?) are very neat. @dougsmit That crown is so large! Never seen something like that on a tet. @Al Kowsky That Macrinus is so nice. No other words.
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