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Elagabalus, AR Denarius, Rome Mint, Providentia reverse

AR; 21mm/2.3gm  Rome Mint: Stuck c. 221 AD

Con/ Slightly struck off center on the reverse, otherwise, about Very Fine; outstanding and very crisp portrait

Obv/ IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG; laureate and draped bust right

Ref/ MP TR P IIII COS III PP; Providentia stg. left, holding rod over globe and cornucopia; star in right field

Ref/ RIC Vol 4b, 42

Seller's Note/ Providentia was the Roman personification of Foresight...but unfortunately the Roman citizens weren't feeling much about his "foresight" and neither did his grandmother, Julia Maesa. Embarrassed and fed up by the antics of Elagabalus, she forced a coup that deposed him and Julia Soaemias, in favor of her other grandson, Severus Alexander one year after this issue was struck in 222 AD. Bet he didn't see that one coming!

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