PHOENICIA, Berytus. Caracalla, 197-217 AD. AR Tetradrachm, Berytus mint, struck AD 215-217. Dia.: 28 mm Wt.: 13.0 g Obv.: AVT KAI ANTWNINOC CЄB; Laureate bust right. Rev.: ΔHMAPΧ EΞ YΠATO Δ; Eagle with spread wings standing facing, head left wreath in beak; between legs, prow left. Reference: Prieur 1292 Ex DePew Collection. I don’t think I have ever seen a person with a more consistently sour look on his face on his coins and statues than Caracalla. I picked this coin up recently because I was delighted by how dour Caracalla looks on this portrait. The bulbous over-sized head also adds something to the scrunched up angry expression in my opinion. Here is a photo I took of a bust of Caracalla in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence in 2018. Caracalla looks as ill-tempered as ever. Whenever I come across an ancient statue of a Roman Emperor in a museum I always try to get a good profile shot to better compare to coin in my collection. I also didn’t have any coins from Berytus (modern Beirut) in my collection and I always love a good excuse to add a one of these tetradrachms with their nice heft and large flans. Berytus at the time this coin was minted was a Roman colony of considerable size. It was almost entirely a Latin speaking community and remained so well into the Byzantine era. Several of Augustus’s legions were settled in the city in the early imperial period and over then next few centuries the imperial family would patronize the city with a number of notable buildings and institutions such as an amphitheater and a famous and important school. Please post your coins with the ugliest portraits! This could include anything from poorly executed engraving, to ugly from the ravages of time to just a downright unpleasant expression or any combination of the above.