Roman Provincial (Antioch on the Orontes): bronze Æ20 of Elagabalus, ca. 218-222 AD

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  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Numismatic jack of all trades & specialist in none Moderator

    Roman Provincial (Antioch on the Orontes): bronze Æ20 of Elagabalus, ca. 218-222 AD
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    Obverse: head of Elagabalus left.
    Reverse: large S C within wreath. Struck at Syrian Antioch on the Orontes River (now in modern Turkey).

    Bronze, 22 mm. Ex-David Connors, May 2020.

    This was posted here primarily for the purpose of uploading the pictures, but feel free to comment or post your own relevant coins if you like.

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  3. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Elagabalus from Antioch:

    Elagabalus Antioch ad Orentem.jpg
     
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  4. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    I recently got one of the mysterious "ΔЄ" instead of SC for Elagabalus. It isn't pretty but it was cheap:
    Antioch - Elagabalus DE lot June 2020 (0).jpg
    Elagabalus Æ 16
    (c. 218-222 A.D.)
    Syria, Seleucis & PieriaAntiochia ad Orontem

    [IMP C M AVR ANTONINVS AVG?], laureate head right. / Large ΔЄ; star below; all
    within wreath.
    McAlee 799
    (4.02 grams / 15 mm)

    Here is one with the more conventional SC reverse:
    Antioch - Elagabalus SC Jan 19 (0).jpg
    Elagabalus Æ 18
    (c. 218-222 A.D.)
    Syria, Seleucis & Pieria Antiochia ad Orontem

    A[YT K M AY[Ρ C ANTΩNINOC, laureate head right. / SC in wreath terminating
    in a star, Δ above, Є below.
    BMC 440; SNG Cop. 244.
    (4.87 grams / 18 mm)

    Finally, an ugly monster (32 mm), again with the ΔЄ:

    Elagabalus - Antioch Tyche on rock lot Jan 2020 (2).JPG

    Elagabalus 8 Assaria
    Syria, Antioch ad Orontem
    (218-222 A.D.)

    [AYT K M AY A]NTΩNINOC CЄ, laureate head right / ANTIOXЄ[ΩN M KOL], Tyche
    seated left, god Orontes swimming at feet, ram running left above, Δ-Є & S-C across fields.
    BMC 461; Butcher 474.
    (16.98 grams / 32 mm)
     
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  5. DonnaML

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    Are there any theories as to the meaning of the "ΔЄ"?
     
  6. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Not Antioch, but I never pass up an opportunity to show off this glorius $0.73 Elagabalus cista mystica!
    Elagabalus Mouch 636.JPG
     
  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Numismatic jack of all trades & specialist in none Moderator

    Yes!!!
     
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  8. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    The ΔЄ has stimulated some discussion - here's an earlier thread, where zumbly quotes McAlee:

    "McAlee argues that the ΔЄ is abbreviation for "of the four Eparchies," with an eparchy being a subdivision of a province, of which Syria had four. The initials would indicate that the coinage was current in all four Eparchies, rather than merely in Antioch."

    https://www.cointalk.com/threads/elagabalus-ar-tetradrachm-of-antioch-from-frank.310901/
     
  9. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    AE ELAGABALUS

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    RProv AE18mm 4.3g Elagabalus CE 218-222 Thrace Philippolis Snake tripod Moushmov 5423
     
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  10. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Numismatic jack of all trades & specialist in none Moderator

    Wow, I've never seen that snake tripod before. Cool.
     
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