Decapolis Temple

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  1. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Yet another temple on reverse of a coin struck under Elagabalus. Obverse has the Roman Emperor head right. The temple on reverse is very unusual to me. The coin was minted in ABILA , one of the rarest 10 cities ( Decapolis) which Jesus advised his apostles to take refuge in times of great persecutions. I found no reference, so far. The coin weighs 10.1 g. Dimension: 22 mm. Please post a comment, if you have.

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  4. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    You seem to have found a great source for these interesting architectural provincial coins! How fortunate :).
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  5. ancientone

    ancientone Well-Known Member

    Cool provincial @7Calbrey! This is the closest match I could find on the net.
    SYRIA, Decapolis. Abila . Elagabalus. AD 218-222. Æ (23mm, 10.28 g, 11h). Dated CY 282 (AD 218/9). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Hexastyle temple with flanking towers; BΠ-ς (date) above. Spijkerman 24; Rosenberger 22; SNG ANS -. VF, green desert patina.

    I'm curious as to where you found info that Abila is one of the 10 rarest cities?
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  7. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Thank you. Your dear valuable comments are useful and encouraging. I shall keep looking for similar rare, historical or architectural designs.
    @ancientone. I once posted a coin that happened to have been minted in Abila of the Decapolis. A coin-friend intervened and said that coins of Abila are mostly searched by collectors of coins minted in that city. He added that they are expensive at any condition, since the ad-hoc collectors lack them in addition to another city. It could be Antiochia ad Hippum.
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  8. Ancient Aussie

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    Fantastic pick up, great reverse detail.
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  9. Factor

    Factor Well-Known Member

    What a coincidence! I took it out of my mailbox literally half an hour ago! Mine I think is Spijkerman 23.
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  10. Roman Collector

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    This is the only coin of Abila in my numophylacium Faustinae:

    Faustina II, AD 147-175.
    Roman provincial Æ 15 mm, 1.62 g, 6 h.
    Decapolis, Abila, AD 162/3 (year 226 of the Pompeian era).
    Obv: ΦΑYϹΤЄΙΝΑ ϹЄΒΑϹΤΗ, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
    Rev: ϹЄΛЄYΚ ΑΒΙΛΑ ϚΚϹ, bunch of grapes.
    Refs: RPC IV.3 6509 (temporary); Spijkerman 6; Rosenberger 5a; Sofaer 8.
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