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07/23/18 at 09:32This is a beautiful coin. I would attribute it to Rome, since it is consistent in style to other denarii commonly accepted as Roman. Sometimes on coins of Elagabalus and especially the young Alexander, it is difficult to distinguish Roman from Eastern portrait style (there even seems to be some stylistic overlap), and the content of the obv. legend can provide a clue (as you observe, this legend was occasionally used at Antioch but more often in Rome). The style of the lettering can also give it away as one or the other, as can the style of the rev. figure and the fabric of the coin. On this coin all appear Roman. The wedge-shaped dash in the rev. legend sometimes occurs on coins from the Rome mint going back to denarii of Septimius Severus. I've never seen it on Severan denarii from the East.