Elagabalus, AR Denarius, Sacrificing as Syrian Priest reverse
AR; 19mm/2.6gm Rome Mint: Stuck c. 218.
Con/ Extremely Fine or as struck
Obv/ IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate and horned draped bust right
Ref/ INVICTVS SACERDOS AVG; Elagabalus standing left, in the robes of a Syrian priest, holding patera and sacrificing over a lighted altar and holding club upright, bull lying down behind the altar; Star in left field.
Ref/ RIC Vol 4b/ 88
Seller's Note/ The reverse inscription equates to The Unconquerable Priest (of the sun god Elagabal) for whom Elagabalus was the high priest. The star is an homage to his sun deity, as well. There is not much consensus on what the “horn” on the obverse actually signifies. A popular theory from a German writer is that the “horn” might actually be a bull’s penis, which apparently was considered a sign of fertility.