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451, Lot: 318. Estimate $100.
Sold for $200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Elagabalus. AD 218-222. AR Tetradrachm (25.5mm, 15.67 g, 6h). “Emesan Issues”. Struck AD 219. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Eagle standing right, wings spread, holding wreath in beak; Δ–Є flanking head, star between legs. Prieur –; McAlee –. Toned, some light porosity, a few spots of verdigris. VF. Extremely rare, Prieur did not own this example when he published his book, and none in CoinArchives.


From the Michel Prieur Collection.

McAlee notes on page 292, note 169 of his catalogue that “Prieur listed several varieties for each main type, based on the engraver’s style.” (For example, Prieur 270). “Only illustrative examples of the type are cited here from Prieur’s catalogue. This catalogue generally distinguishes varieties only if there is an objective difference in type or legend.”