Coin of Sardis with bust of Elagabalus, struck under Hermophilus

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 218–222

Mint: Asia: Lydia, Sardis


Diameter: 30 mm. Weight: 12.75 gm. Die Axis: 5

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Ecclesiastical ornaments

Obverse: Laureate, draped bust of Elagabalus to right, wearing cuirass with aegis.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Wreath.
Inscriptions in Greek around and within wreath.


By date unknown: Arthur M. Woodward Collection; by 1962: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W.1 (auction of the A. M. Woodward Collection, September 27, 1962); purchased at the Woodward auction by Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., February 13, 1963

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour