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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Roman Provincial| > |Roman Syria| > RX97449
Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Seleucia Pieria, Syria
|Roman| |Syria|, |Caracalla,| |28| |January| |198| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.,| |Seleucia| |Pieria,| |Syria|, "The importance of the Thunderbolt [to Seleucia Pieria] is explained by Appian, who tells how a clap of thunder preceded the founding of the city, wherefore Seleucus mad thunder the divinity of the Seleucia...When, therefore, the coins show a thunderbolt resting on a throne it is not a mere symbol of Zeus but is itself the object to which, as Appian reports, the inhabitants continued to direct their worship and hymns." -- Alfred Bellinger in The Syrian Tetradrachms of Caracalla and Macrinus
RX97449. Billon tetradrachm, Bellinger Syrian 76, Prieur 1188 var. (obv. legend arrangement), aEF, well centered on a tight round flan, light tone, Seleucia Pieria (Cevlik, Hatay Province, Turkey) mint, weight 13.049g, maximum diameter 26.0mm, die axis 180o, 215 - 217 A.D.; obverse AYT K M A - ANTΩNIN-OC CEB, laureate head right, exaggerated pupil; reverse ∆HMAPX EΞ YΠA TO ∆ (holder of Tribunitian power, consul for the 4th time, ∆ appearing as Λ on all spec.)), eagle standing facing on thunderbolt, head right, wings open, wreath in beak; SOLD










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