Coin of Tarsus with bust of Elagabalus

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 218–222

Mint: Cilicia, Tarsus


Diameter: 31 mm. Weight: 14.06 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Elagabalus to right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Hieratic crown decorated with seven busts and two Greek letters.
At left, crown of demiourgos above garlanded altar.
Inscriptions in Greek below and around.


By date unknown: Arthur M. Woodward Collection; by 1962: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W.1 (sale of the A. M. Woodward Collection, September 27, 1962); purchased at the Woodward sale 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