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E-auction 530-448513 - bpv_748812 - MACRINUS Tétradrachme syro-phénicien

MACRINUS Tétradrachme syro-phénicien VF
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Estimate : 100 €
Price : 47 €
Maximum bid : 51 €
End of the sale : 12 June 2023 14:57:40
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme syro-phénicien
Date: 217-218
Mint name / Town : Carrhae, Mésopotamie
Metal : billon
Diameter : 25 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 13,72 g.
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale, centré à l’usure régulière, lisible et identifiable. Patine gris métallique,légèrement piquée
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Tête radiée de Macrin à droite, vu de trois-quarts en arrière, un ruban de la couronne radiée descendant sur l’épaule (O), deux points sous le buste .
Obverse legend : AUT K. M. OP. SE. MAKRINOS SE, (Autokratoros Kaisaros Markos Opellios Seuhros Makrinos Sebastos).
Obverse translation : (L’empereur césar Marc Opel Sévère Macrin auguste).


Reverse description : Aigle debout à gauche, les ailes déployées, la tête et la queue tournées à droite, tenant dans son bec une couronne feuillée ; une étoile flamboyante dans le champ à gauche de la tête de l’aigle ; un croissant pointe en l’air entre les pattes, trois points à l’exergue.
Reverse legend : DHMARC. EX -UPATOS., (Dhmarrcikhs Eq Ousias Upatos).
Reverse translation : (Revêtu de la puissance tribunitienne consul).


Avec une partie de son argenture superficielle. Dans la base TSP maintenue par Michel Prieur, soixante-et-un exemplaires sont maintenant répertoriés dont en musées Paris (2), Doura/Yale (2), British Museum, ANS (2), Oxford, Berne et Gaziantep.

Historical background



Macrin was born in 164 in Cherchell in Mauretania. He is not a senator, but a knight, of indigenous (Moorish) origin. Procurator of the "res privata" (private fund of the Emperor) of Caracalla, he then became prefect of the Praetorium from 212. After the assassination of Caracalla on April 8, 217, he was acclaimed emperor on April 11. He will never come to Rome and remains in Antioch. He deifies Caracalla, but exiles Julia Domna, who lets herself die. He takes the title of Severus to rally the supporters of the Severian family to him and gives the prænomen of Antoninus to his son, Diadumenian, promoted to Caesar. Trying to conciliate everyone, he runs into the army, which misses Caracalla. Soldiers quartered in Emesa proclaimed Elagabalus on May 16, 218. Defeated in June, Macrinus fled. Hearing of the death of Diaduménien, he tries to commit suicide by throwing himself from his chariot and is finished off by his own soldiers..

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