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Denarius of Elagabalus

Mike Ruczynski said this coin was found a long time since by his brother, John. It’s a Roman silver denarius, on which I was asked to provide a full ID and a valuation.

The coin is a denarius of Elagabalus, whose dates are AD 218-222. On the obverse the legend reads IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG around the laureate and draped bust of the emperor.

On the reverse the standing figure Elagabalus is depicted sacrificing over a tripod-altar. Above the emperor’s outstretched hand is a star. The legend on this side reads SVMMVS SACERDOS AVG.

In volume II of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values denarii of this type as listed as number 7549. They were struck at Rome in AD 221 and 222.


On the obverse the bust of Elagabalus stands out reasonably well but the rest is rather weak. The reverse would grade about VF but there is a black deposit in the crevices. In its present state of preservation my valuation figure on this denarius would be no higher than £30.

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