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Elagabalus

M. Aurelius Antoninus
Augustus (AD 218-222)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Grand nephew of Septimius Severus as he was the grandson of Julia Domna's sister Julia Maesa. As High Priest at Emesa he was proclaimed emperor by troops loyal to the memory of Caracalla, who Elagabalus purported to be a son of. As Elagabalus was only 14, the running of the empire was left to his grandmother. He upset many traditionalists with his lifestyle and his insistence on the worship of the sun god Elagabalus over the old Roman pantheon. Finally he was overthrown and replaced by his cousin


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Elagabalus

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Coins of Elagabalus currently available

Elagabalus
Silver antoninianus issued AD 218/219.
Obv: IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right.
Rev: MARS VICTOR, Mars advancing right carrying spear and trophy.
Good Fine   |   AUD $75.00
Elagabalus
Silver denarius issued AD 219/220.
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS AVG, Laureate, draped bust facing right.
Rev: LAETITIA PVBL, Laetitia standing holding rudder and cornucopiae.
Very Fine   |   AUD $110.00
Elagabalus
Silver denarius issued AD 220/221.
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate, draped bust facing right.
Rev: VICTORIA AVG, Victory hovering between two shields.
Very Fine-Extremely Fine   |   AUD $150.00