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218-219 AD Roman Imperial AR Denarius Silver Coin XF Elagabalus Mars S-7526


218-219 AD Roman Imperial AR Denarius Silver Coin XF Elagabalus Mars S-7526

  • 218-219 AD Roman Imperial silver denarius
  • Issued under the rule of Elagabalus (Heliobalus), the 25th Emperor of the Roman Empire (218-222 AD)
    • A member of the Severan Dynasty, he was Syrian, the second son of Julia Soaemias and Sextus Varius Marcellus; in his early youth he served as a priest of the god Elagabal in the hometown of his mother's family, Emesa (Homs, Syria)
  • Obverse features a bust of the emperor, facing right
  • Reverse depicts Mars holding spear and trophy, advancing right, with the legend "MARS VICTOR"
    • In ancient Roman religion and myth, Mars was the god of war and also an agricultural guardian, a combination characteristic of early Rome
    • He was second in importance only to Jupiter and Neptune and was the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army
  • Minted in Rome
  • Struck from silver
  • Diameter: 18 mm (at widest point)
  • Weight: 3.3 grams
  • Condition: Ungraded; expected to grade as Extra Fine (XF)
  • Catalog number: Sear#7526, BMC#22, RIC#123, RSC#1136
*Expected grades are approximate.

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Reference Item # ANC-1251

JBC 11/6/14