Help Identifying Mint - Elagabalus Billon Tetradrachm

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  1. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    This coin arrived today, from MA Shops.

    It is a billon tetradrachm of Elagabalus (12.8 grams). The vast majority of his tetradrachms were minted in Antioch. This coin has the star mint mark used for Antioch, but there is an additional mark to the right, which appears to be a three pointed symbol of some sort.

    Could this additional symbol denote another mint, or is this coin a variation from Antioch?


    D-Camera Elagablus tetradrachm, possibly Antioch, 8-13-20.jpg

    D-Camera Elagablus tetradrachm detail of reverse, possibly Antioch, 8-13-20.jpg
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  3. Victor_Clark

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    that's the other foot of the eagle

    compare with

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  4. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I agree with @Victor_Clark. That's the eagle's other foot. The details are just a bit smooshy (that's the technical term, FYI).
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  5. robinjojo

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    So, it's probably an engraving error or a sloppy strike.

    My guess, then, is that the engraver started engraving the foot to the right and realized that it would not match the leg in terms of angle, leaving a foot next to the star. That's my theory.
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