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Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D.

Macrinus was the Praetorian prefect during the reign of the murderous Caracalla. Macrinus arranged Caracalla's assassination and he and his son Diadumenian seized power and were accepted by the senate. Macrinus concluded an unfavorable peace with the Persians. This disgrace, magnified by propaganda of Julia Maesa, Caracalla's aunt, inspired the Syrian legions to revolt. In the ensuing conflict Macrinus was defeated. He fled, only to be betrayed and executed.

|Macrinus|, |Macrinus,| |11| |April| |217| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.|, |sestertius|NEW
Macrinus was Praetorian Prefect for Caracalla but arranged Caracalla's assassination and seized power. He and his son were accepted by the senate. The Syrian legions, inspired by Julia Maesa, Caracalla's aunt, revolted after he concluded an unfavorable peace with the Persians. He was defeated and executed.
SL92493. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 121 (S), BMCRE V 113, Cohen IV 79, SRCV II 7391, Hunter III -, NGC F, strike 4/5, surface 1/5, scratches (577028-007), weight 19.150 g, maximum diameter 30.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 11 Apr 217 - 31 Dec 217 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse PONTIF MAX TR P P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power, father of the country), Felicitas standing facing, head left, long caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, drapery over left arm, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; from the Errett Bishop Collection; NGC| Lookup; $330.00 SALE |PRICE| $297.00


Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D., Anazarbus, Cilicia

|Cilicia|, |Macrinus,| |11| |April| |217| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.,| |Anazarbus,| |Cilicia|, |AE| |35|
Anazarbus was founded by Assyrians. Under the early Roman Empire it was known as Kaicarewn (Caesarea), and was the Metropolis (capital) of the late Roman province Cilicia Secunda. It was the home of the poet Oppian. Rebuilt by the Byzantine emperor Justin I after an earthquake in the 6th century, it became Justinopolis (525); but the old native name persisted, and when Thoros I, king of Lesser Armenia, made it his capital early in the 12th century, it was known as Anazarva.
RP92398. Bronze AE 35, Ziegler 346 (Vs1/Rs6), SNG Levante 1414 var. (rev. leg. arrangement), SNG BnF 2054 var. (same), SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, aF, rough, edge cracks, weight 23.1 g, maximum diameter 35.2 mm, die axis 0o, Anazarbus (Anavarza, Turkey) mint, 217 A.D.; obverse AYT K M OΠ CEY MAKPEINOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse KAIC TΩN ΠP ANAZ EN∆O-Σ MHTPO PΩM TP, Nike (Victory) advancing left, raising wreath in right hand, trophy of captured arms in left hand, ΓB (chairman of 3 provinces, holder of 2 neocorates) upper left, ETE - ΛC (year 235 of Anazarbus) divided low across field, KEK (the meaning of these letters is unknown) lower left; rare; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00


Macrinus and Diadumenian, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior

|Marcianopolis|, |Macrinus| |and| |Diadumenian,| |11| |April| |217| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.,| |Marcianopolis,| |Moesia| |Inferior|, |pentassarion|
Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom, war, the arts, industry, justice, and skill. Her usual attribute is the owl and Nike is her frequent companion.
RP92889. Bronze pentassarion, Varbanov I 1170b corr. (R3, same dies, leg. description wrong); H-J Marcianopolis 6.24.4.8 (R5); AMNG I/I 734; BMC Thrace p. 32, 30; Moushmov 537, F, excellent portraits, brown toned surfaces with areas of green and brassy high points, weight 11.169 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 180o, Markianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Pontianus; obverse AVT K M OΠEΛ CEV MAKREINOC K M OΠE ANTΩNINOC, laureate head of Macrinus right facing bare head of Diadumenian left; reverse VΠ ΠONTIANOV MAPKIANOΠOΛEITΩN (AP ligate), Athena standing left, wearing helmet, aegis and long chiton, owl in extended right hand, inverted spear vertical behind in left hand, E (mark of value) right; $41.51 (38.19)


Macrinus and Diadumenian, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior

|Marcianopolis|, |Macrinus| |and| |Diadumenian,| |11| |April| |217| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.,| |Marcianopolis,| |Moesia| |Inferior|, |pentassarion|
On 8 June 218, at the Battle of Antioch, Elagabalus and the Syrian legions defeated the forces of Macrinus. Macrinus fled, but was captured near Chalcedon and later executed in Cappadocia. Diadumenian, son of Macrinus, attempted to escape to the Parthian court, but was captured at Zeugma and also put to death.
MA92892. Bronze pentassarion, H-J Marcianopolis 6.24.46.5 (R5), Varbanov I 1218 (R5), AMNG I -, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, F, brown tone with brassy high points, tight flan cutting off parts of legends, spots of light corrosion, central depressions, weight 14.986 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 180o, Markianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Pontianus; obverse AVT K OΠEΛ CEY MAKPEINOC K M OΠEΛ ANTΩNEINOC, Laureate head of Macrinus right facing bare head of Diadumenian left; reverse YΠ PONTIANOY MAPKIANOΠOΛEITΩN (AP and ΩN ligate), tetrastyle temple, statue of Tyche-Forutuna within, standing facing, head left, kalathos on head, holding rudder on globe by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, pellet in pediment, E (mark of value) left; $17.55 (16.15)







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