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ID:     150731
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     SYRIA, COELE SYRIA
City:     Heliopolis
Issuer:     Valerian I
Date Ruled:     253-260 AD
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE27
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 253-260
Diameter:     27 mm
Weight:     15.19 g
Obverse Legend:     IMP CAES P LIC VALERIANVS AVG
Obverse Description:     Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     COL HEL
Reverse Description:     COL HEL in exergue, temples of Atargatis-Venus and Jupiter Heliopolitanus seen in perspective, prize crown above
Primary Reference:     BMC Galatia -
Reference2:     Mionnet V pg. 304, 133 = Price & Trell fig. 281 var. (three prize crowns)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=44885
Grade:     Good VF, black patina.
Notes:     Rare architectural representation showing the two great temples in the Baalbek complex, and in addition marking the Iselastica Games held in the city.