Tetradrachm of Antioch with bust of Elagabalus

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 219–222


Mint: Syria, Antioch; Findspot: Upper Galilee, Gush Halav

Dimensions

Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 13.55 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

1998.530

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Laureate bust of Elagabalus to right, drapery on left shoulder.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Eagle stands, wings spread, head left with wreath in beak.
Below, star.
Inscriptions in Greek around and in field.

Provenance

One of a hoard of coins found in a pottery jar at Gush Halav in Upper Galilee and acquired by Major H. Ophir in Nazareth in 1948; by 1969: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; 1970: purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III from Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III, June 10, 1970 (as 143.1970); gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, December 16, 1998

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III