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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Greek Imperial| > |Mesopotamia & Babylonia| > RP111727
Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Edessa, Mesopotamia
|Mesopotamia| |&| |Babylonia|, |Elagabalus,| |16| |May| |218| |-| |11| |March| |222| |A.D.,| |Edessa,| |Mesopotamia|, NEW
Although the site of Urfa has been inhabited since prehistoric times, the city was founded in 304 B.C. by Seleucus I Nicator and named Edessa 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 convinced the Armenian king 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
RP111727. Bronze AE 18, apparently unpublished; cf. BMC Arabia p. 102, 76 var. (laur. & dr. bust, Tyche r.); RPC -; SNG -; Lindgren -; Weber -; McClean -; et al. -, VF, green patina, earthen deposits, tight flan, edge crack, high points flatly struck, parts of legends weak/off flan, Mesopotamia, Edessa (Urfa, Sanliurfa, Turkey) mint, weight 3.180g, maximum diameter 18.2mm, die axis 0o, obverse M AYR ANTWNEINOC (or similar), radiate head right; reverse ETYXH EΔEC KOΛ, turreted and veiled bust of Tyche left; no other specimens known to FORVM; extremely rare, unique?; SOLD

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