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Emesa, Syria

Emesa, an important city of Syria rose even further under Septimius Severus since his wife Julia Doman originated from this city. The bulk of the coinage consists in denarii struck for the above couple (193 - 211), plus the very rare issues of the usurper Uranius Antoninus (253 - 254). The extremely rare coinage of queen Zenobia (272) might have been struck at Emesa as well.


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

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This is an engraver error with the wrong reverse legend for the type. The reverse legend is appropriate for a type depicting Boni Eventus, the god of good outcomes, worshiped by the Romans as a deity presiding over successful harvests. Instead the reverse depicts Spes, the goddess or personification of hope. Another error type exist with a BONA SPES reverse legend and a Fides reverse type.
RS87244. Silver denarius, Apparently unpublished; RIC IV -, RSC III -, BMCRE V -, Hunter III -, SRCV II -, F, frosty surfaces, darker spots, weight 2.407 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 0o, Emesa (Homs, Syria) mint, 194 - 195 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II, laureate head right; reverse BONI EVENTVS, Spes (Hope) advancing left, raising flower in right hand, lifting drapery with left hand; extremely rare - the only example know to Forum; $160.00 (136.00)


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

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Emesa frequently copied old coin reverse types. Sometimes they even copied old inscriptions listing honors that applied, not to the current emperor, but to the long dead emperor who issued the copied type. The normal Severan crescent and seven stars reverse has the legend SAECVL FELICIT (era of happy good fortune). Only a few Severan examples are known with this AETERNITAS AVS legend, copied from Pescennius Niger. We know of one example for Julia Domna, two for Severus with a COS obverse legend, and this coin with a COS II obverse. This coin is unpublished and, to the best of our knowledge, unique
SH59264. Silver denarius, Unpublished and likely unique; RIC IV -, RSC III -, BMCRE V -, Mazzini -; Hunter -, aVF/VF, light toning, weight 2.648 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, Emesa (Homs, Syria) mint, 194 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II, laureate head right; reverse AETERNITAS AVS , crescent and seven stars; extremely rare; SOLD


Macrianus, Summer 260 - Early Summer 261 A.D.

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David Sear attributes this rare variant with crude style and two dots in the exergue to Emesa. Gbl attributes it to Samosata.
SH66262. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 1741c, SRCV III 10810 (refs Hunter p. lxxv); RIC V-2 12 (R2) var. (no pellets in ex, sometimes a star, Antioch), RSC IV 12 - 12a var. (same), aEF, weight 3.321 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 180o, Emesa(?) or Samosata(?) mint, obverse IMP C FVL MACRIANVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse SOLI INVICTO (to the invincible sun god), Sol standing half left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe in left hand, two dots in exergue; rare; SOLD







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