DescriptionJudaea, Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem). Elagabalus, with Aquilia Severa. A.D. 218-222. AE 24 mm (7.73 g, 11 h). Laureate, draped and jugate busts of Elagabalus and Aquilia Severa seen from behind / Facing quadriga carrying the black stone of Emesa. Kadman 151; SNG ANS -. Fine, brown surfaces, porous. Very rare.
This reverse of this coin commemorates the transport of the black stone of Emesa (a baetyl housing the otherwise formless Syrian god Elagabal) to Rome. The stone and the cult of its divine inhabitant were considered outlandish and generally offensive to traditional Roman sensibilities, as was the embodiment of the god in the boy-emperor Elagabalus.
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