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ID:     150733
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     SYRIA, COELE SYRIA
City:     Heliopolis
Issuer:     Otacilia Severa
Date Ruled:     Augusta, 244-249 AD
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE27
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD Augusta, 244-249
Diameter:     27 mm
Weight:     15.33 g
Obverse Legend:     OTACILIA SEVERA AVG
Obverse Description:     Diademed draped bust right, on crescent
Reverse Legend:     COL IVL AVG FE IOMH / COL HEL
Reverse Description:     Propylaeum (monumental gateway) to the temple of Jupiter Heliopolitanus, a cypress tree in central arch, with small altar at the bottom of the stairway
Primary Reference:     BMC Galatia pg. 291, 23
Reference2:     Mionnet V pg. 303, 128
Reference3:     Price & Trell fig.284 (Philip I)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=44884
Grade:     VF, brown patina.
Notes:     The ruins of the temple of Jupiter Heliopolitanus at modern Baalbek show the propyleum opening onto a hexagonal courtyard, which presumably held a sacred cypress tree. The courtyard fronted the main forecourt of the temple complex itself.