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Caracalla & Geta

Macrinus and Elagabalus

Severus Alexander

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M. Opelius Macrinus

Emperor 217-218

Relatives depicted on coins:
Diadumenian - son

Macrinus (b. 164), a lawyer and Prefect at Caracalla's assassination, succeeded but his defeat by the Parthians led to a humiliating settlement.  Caracalla's cousin Varius Avitus Bassianus (b. 204),  hereditary priest of the Syrian sun-god Elagabal, was then touted as Caracalla's illegitimate son and  proclaimed emperor by the Third Legion. Within a month Macrinus was overthrown. Bassianus took the name Marcus Aurelius Antoninus,  beginning a reign of infamy marked by religious fanatacism, misgovernment and every kind of sensual excess, leaving the administration of the empire to his mother and aunts. After four years of this gross misrule the Praetorians assassinated Elagabalus and his mother on March 6, 222. He was succeeded by his cousin Severus Alexander.

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M. Aurelius Antoninus
(Elagabalus)
Emperor 218-222
Relatives depicted on coins:
Wives - Julia Paula, Aquilia Severa, Annia Faustina;
Julia Soaemias - mother;
Julia Maesa - grandmother
   

GI3038* 0967 Elagabalus: AE 25 of Marcianopolis
$75.00
Obv. AVT K M AVΡ ANTONEINOC
Laur. bust r.
Rev. VP CEΡΓ TITIANOV MAΡKIANOΠOΛITΩN
Hera stg. l.
9.81 g
Sear GI 3038v: Pick 878v
sl. rough areas, otherwise good VF

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GI3038* 0971 Elagabalus: AE 26 of Marcianopolis
$75.00
Obv. AVT K M AVΡH ANTONEINOC
Laur. bust r.
Rev. VP CEΡΓ TITIANOV MAΡKIANOΠOΛEITΩN
9.51 g
Asklepios stg. facing
Sear GI 3038v: Pick 887
VF

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GI3038* 1873 Elagabalus: AE 26 of Marcianopolis
$75.00
Obv. AVT K M AVΡH ANTONEINOC
Laur. bust r.
Rev. VP CEΡΓ TITIANOV MAΡKIANOΠOΛEITΩN
10.08 g
Asklepios stg. r.
Sear GI3038v: Pick 887
VF

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GI3098 0167 Elagabalus: AE 20 of Antioch
$75.00
Obv. Laur. bust r.
Rev. -- Large S C in wreath
4.90 g
Sear GI 3098; SNGC 245 nearly VF

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R2072 1725 Diadumenian: AR 20 Denarius
$875.00
Obv. M OPEL ANT DIADUMENIANVS CAES Bare head bust r.
Rev. SPES PVBLICA Spes walking l.
3.03 g
Sear 2072; RIC 116
Nearly EF on a full flan
Sharply struck, an exceptional specimen

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R2081 3603 Elagabalus: AR 25 Antoninianus
$115.00
Obv. IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG Rad.bust r.
Rev. FIDES EXERCITVS Fides seated l. hldg. signum and eagle
5.17 g
Sear 2081; RIC 70 VF

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R2182 3105 Julia Maesa: AR 18 Denarius
$100.00
Obv. IVLIA MAESA AVG Dr. bust r.
Rev. PIETAS AVG Pietas stg. l.
2.94 g
Sear 2182; RIC 263 toned good VF
Well struck, with an unusually attractive portrait


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R2184 0283 Julia Maesa: AR 18 Denarius
$60.00
Obv. IVLIA MAESA AVG Dr. bust r.
Rev. SAECVLI FELICITAS Felicity stg. l.
2.88 g
Sear 2184; RIC 272 VF

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