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Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D.

Macrinus was the Praetorian prefect during the reign of the murderous Caracalla. Macrinus arranged Caracalla's assassination and he and his son Diadumenian seized power and were accepted by the senate. Macrinus concluded an unfavorable peace with the Persians. This disgrace, magnified by propaganda of Julia Maesa, Caracalla's aunt, inspired the Syrian legions to revolt. In the ensuing conflict Macrinus was defeated. He fled, only to be betrayed and executed.


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SH53589. Silver denarius, RIC IV 55, Cohen 8, SRCV II 7330 var., FDC, weight 3.274 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 217 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse ANNONA AVG, Annona enthroned left, grain-ears in right hand, scepter in left hand, modius at feet; ex H. S. Perlin Co., 1989; masterpiece portrait with short beard and young features; boldly struck with sharp dies of fine style, fully centered, light golden toning on dazzling mint luster; scarce; SOLD


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Macrinus was Praetorian Prefect for Caracalla but arranged Caracalla's assassination and seized power. He and his son were accepted by the senate. The Syrian legions, inspired by Julia Maesa, Caracalla's aunt, revolted after he concluded an unfavorable peace with the Persians. He was defeated and executed.
SL84525. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 139 (S), BMCRE V 120 var. (also draped, noted), Cohen IV 66 71, SRCV II 7386, Hunter III -, Ch VF, strike 5/5, surface 5/5 (4373010-005), lovely mahogany tone with lighter tones on the high points, weight 20.5 g, maximum diameter 31 mm, die axis 15o, Rome mint, 11 Apr 217 - 31 Dec 217 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse PONTIF MAX TR P COS P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power, consul, father of the country), Felicitas standing facing, head left, long caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, drapery over left arm, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; NGC Certified, ex Stacks-Bowers; SOLD


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A superb example of a rare coin. This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance.
RS8040. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 69, Cohen 27, BMCRE V 13, SRCV II 7322, EF, weight 4.78 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 217 - 218 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES MILIT (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing left holding standard in each hand; flanked by two additional standards; superb portrait, excellent strike, nice toning; rare; SOLD


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Felicitas was the goddess or personification of happiness, good fortune, and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
SH33438. Silver denarius, RIC IV 60; RSC III 15b; BMCRE V 62; Hunter III 26; SRCV II 7332 var. (short beard), EF, weight 3.399 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 2nd emission, 217 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse FELICITAS TEMPORVM (happy times), Felicitas standing left, caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; fabulous short-beard portrait, excellent centering, mint luster; SOLD


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SH33741. Silver denarius, RIC IV 26, RSC III 47, superb EF, weight 3.216 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 217 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P II COS P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for two years, consul, father of the country), Annona standing left, stalks of grain in right hand over overflowing modius at feet on left, cornucopia in left; wonderful portrait, lustrous; SOLD


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Liberality is personified by the image of a woman, holding in one hand a counting board, or square tablet with a handle on which are cut a certain number of holes. These boards were used to quickly count the proper number of coins or other items for distribution to each person. It appears they were held over a container, covered with coins and the excess swept away back into the container. The proper number of coins would fill the holes and then would be dumped out to the recipient. On coins this symbol indicated the prince had given to the people money, grain, or other articles of consumption. In the other hand she holds a cornucopia, to indicate the abundance of wheat contained in the public graineries.
SH33746. Silver denarius, RIC IV 78, RSC III 41, superb EF, weight 4.106 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse LIBERALITAS AVG (the generosity of the Emperor), Liberalitas standing half-left, coin counting board in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; sharp!; SOLD


Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D., Emesa, Syria

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RY08009. Silver tetradrachm, Prieur 1004, Bellinger Syrian 208 var, EF, sharp, weight 12.73 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 0o, Emesa (Homs, Syria) mint, 217 - 218 A.D.; obverse AVT K M OΠ CE MAKPINOC CE - [B], laureate head right; reverse ∆HMAPX EΞ YΠATOC Π Π (holder of Tribunitian power, consul, father of the country), facing eagle, wings open, head left, wreath in beak, O beneath eagles head, radiate head of Helios left between legs; ex Superior Coin, 6/84, #1694, ex Jonathan Kern; SOLD


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RS15318. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 69, Cohen 27a, VF, weight 4.768 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, May - Jul 217 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES MILIT (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing left holding standard in each hand; flanked by two additional standards; rare; SOLD


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This coin was dedicated to Jupiter the protector. Jupiter or Jove, Zeus to the Greeks, was the king of the gods and god of the sky and thunder, and of laws and social order. As the patron deity of ancient Rome, he was the chief god of the Capitoline Triad, with his sister and wife Juno. The father of Mars, he is, therefore, the grandfather of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. Emperors frequently made vows to Jupiter for protection. The Roman's believed as the king of the gods, Jupiter favored emperors and kings, those in positions of authority similar to his own.
RS21678. Silver denarius, RIC IV 73, RSC II 33, BMCRE V 68, Hunter III 28, SRCV II 7338 var. (bust), Choice EF, excellent portrait and centering on a nice round flan, frosty fields, weight 2.811 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 218 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, from front; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI (to Jupiter the protector), Jupiter standing slightly left, head left, nude, thunderbolt in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand; scarce; SOLD


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Caracalla was assassinated near Carrhae on 8 April 217, while urinating on a roadside. When his escort gave him privacy to relieve himself, Julius Martialis, an officer of his personal bodyguard, ran forward and killed Caracalla with a single sword stroke. Martialis fled on horseback, but was killed by a bodyguard archer. Herodian says Caracalla had executed Martialis' brother a few days earlier on an unproven charge. Cassius Dio says that Martialis was resentful at not being promoted to the rank of centurion. Macrinus, the Praetorian Guard Prefect, who succeeded him as emperor, may have arranged the assassination.
SH32527. Silver denarius, RIC IV 76, RSC III 37, BMCRE V 20, SRCV II 7337, Hunter III -, Choice aEF, excellent short beard portrait with young features, well centered, weight 2.807 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 217 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, from front; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI (to Jupiter the protector), Jupiter standing slightly left, nude but for chlamys over arms, thunderbolt in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left, small figure of Macrinus at feet before him; SOLD




  




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