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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Roman Provincial| > |Roman Mesopotamia| > RP00282
Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D., Edessa, Mesopotamia
|Roman| |Mesopotamia|, |Macrinus,| |11| |April| |217| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.,| |Edessa,| |Mesopotamia|,
Although the site of Urfa has been inhabited since prehistoric times, the modern city was founded in 304 B.C by Seleucus I Nicator and named after the ancient capital of Macedonia. In the late 2nd century, as the Seleucid dynasty disintegrated, it became the capital of the Arab Nabataean Abgar dynasty, which was successively a Parthian, Armenian, and Roman client state and eventually a Roman province. Its location on the eastern frontier of the Empire meant it was frequently conquered during periods when the Byzantine central government was weak, and for centuries, it was alternately conquered by Arab, Byzantine, Armenian, Turkish rulers. In 1098, the Crusader Baldwin of Boulogne induced the final Armenian ruler to adopt him and then seized power, establishing the first Crusader State known as the County of Edessa and imposing Latin Christianity on the Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic majority of the population.Edessa
RP00282. Silver tetradrachm, Prieur 854, VF, Mesopotamia, Edessa (Urfa, Sanliurfa, Turkey) mint, weight 14.3g, maximum diameter 24.0mm, die axis 180o, obverse AVT KAI M OΠEΛ CEV - MAKPEINOC CEB, laureate head right; reverse ∆HMAPX EΞ YΠATOC (holder of Tribunitian power, consul), eagle facing, wings spread, head right, wreath in beak, shrine with pediment between legs; scarce; SOLD










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