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A silver denarius of the emperor Elagabalus with a reverse showing the emperor sacrificing to the right Coin Type: Silver denarius of Elagabalus, 218-222 CE
Mint and Date: Rome, 221-222 CE
Size and Weight: 19mm x 17mm, 3.2g
Draped, laureate, horned bust right.
Elagabalus standing right in Syrian priestly robes, sacrificing from patera over flaming tripod altar. Laurel branch in left hand, held downwards.
Field marks: Star in left field
Ref: RCV (2002) —; RIC IV 147; BMCRE
Provenance:ancient_coins (eBay), February 2003
BW Ref: 011 026 021
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Note 1: This variant, with the emperor sacrificing to the right, is rare, and is not in the British Museum's collection. I exchanged this coin to Curtis Clay late in 2006 to add to his "not in the BM" collection. One of the two coins I received in exchange is here: Elagabalus SVMMVS SACERDOS AVG.

Note 2: This coin is listed on WildWinds under Elagabalus, RIC 147.

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