Antoninus Pius, AE21 "Eagle on Sacred Stone of Elagabalus" Syria, Emesa

Ancient Coins - Antoninus Pius, AE21 "Eagle on Sacred Stone of Elagabalus" Syria, Emesa
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Antoninus Pius. Syria, Emesa Mint 138-161 AD. Obverse: AVT KAI TI AIL ANTWNEINOC CEB EV, laureate head right. Reverse: EMICHNWN, Eagle standing right on sacred stone of Elagabal, Gamma to right. SGI: 1496 SCARCE. Size: 21mm, 10.10g. Numismatic Notes: "Emesa was the major cult center for the deity El-Gabal, who was worshiped there in the form of a baetyl (an aniconic stone idol; in the case of El-Gabal, a large black conical stone, often interpreted as a meteorite). Some sixty years after Pius� death, a teenage priest of the god, Varius Avitus Bassianus, was declared emperor and took the name Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, although he is more commonly known as Elagabalus for his devotion to El-Gabal. Elagabalus moved the baetyl to Rome upon his accession and, for a brief period, it seemed that El-Gabal might become the principle deity in the Roman pantheon. Wishing to distance himself from Elagabalus� unpopular religious practices, his successor SeverusAlexander sent the baetyl back to Emesa. The cult of El-Gabal saw a resurgence in Rome under Aurelian, who wisely promoted the worship of the deity in an iconic form more acceptable to westerners."
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