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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Severan Period| > |Elagabalus| > RS86256
Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.
In July 221, Elagabalus was forced to divorce his new bride, the Vestal Virgin Aquilia Severa. He then married Annia Faustina, his third wife. After five months he returned to Severa claiming the divorce was invalid. Meanwhile, according to the historian Cassius Dio, Elagabalus had a stable homosexual relationship with his chariot driver, the slave Hierocles.
RS86256. Silver denarius, RIC IV 46b; BMCRE V p. 570, 261 (seen from the back); RSC III 196 var. (horned); Hunter II 67 var. (same); SRCV II 7536 var. (same), F, dark natural uncleaned patina, Rome mint, weight 2.646g, maximum diameter 19.4mm, die axis 180o, 221 A.D.; obverse IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right, from front; reverse P M TR P IIII COS III P P, Elagabalus standing left, sacrificing from patera in right hand over lit altar at feet on left, club or cypress branch in left hand and cradled in left arm, star in upper left field; will not improve with cleaning - should be left in this natural state; scarce without horn; $.99











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