ID Help - Marcus Aurelius/seated solar crown

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by hotwheelsearl, Sep 27, 2021.

  1. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I am having great difficulty attributing, or even identifying this one,

    I assume its Marcus Aurelius.
    I searched RPC for any Marcus Aurelius with λH in the reverse legend, but couldn't quite get close.

    λH supports Lydia, but I can't read enough of the rest of the Greek on the reverse to tell.

    Reverse motif appears to be a half-nude god, seated left, holding *something* (lightning bolt?). Position of the hand and the object sort of something other than a lightning bolt, as it doesn't make sense to balance the bolt on its end like that.
    The curious part is that he wears a solar crown, which should narrow things down somewhat.

    19mm, 5.7g

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  3. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Septimus Severus?
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  4. Terence Cheesman

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    You might try Amphipolis It looks like some that I used to own. The reverse is actually a seated Tyche. (Fortuna) As I recall they were generally in the 20-25 mm range THIS is NO LONGER MY COIN Xamphipma1.jpg
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  5. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I tried that but still not having any hits on either Wildwinds or RPC.
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  6. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I guess the first point of attack is to figure out the deity - who is often seen seatead on a pile of rocks or omphalos, and wears a solar crown?
  7. curtislclay

    curtislclay Well-Known Member

    Probably Septimius Severus, Caesarea in Cappadocia, rev. radiate god seated l. on Mt. Argaeus and holding branch, rev. legend begins MHTPO, date ET Γ (year 3) in exergue, Sydenham 420, citing his own collection.
  8. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Oh wow, that's brilliant, @curtislclay . You are the real MVP.

    My guesses of "pile of rocks" and "omphalos" were both very far off. I love how versatile Mt Argaeus is - I've seen it on an altar, by itself, and now surmounted by a god. Cool!
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