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ID:     591767
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     SYRIA, SELEUCIS AND PIERIA
City:     Emisa
Issuer:     Uranius Antoninus
Date Ruled:     AD 253-254
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE 32
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 253-254
Diameter:     32 mm
Weight:     21.42 g
Obverse Legend:     AVTOK COVΛΠ ANTΩNINOC CE
Obverse Description:     Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; viewed from behind
Reverse Legend:     EMICΩN KOΛΩN
Reverse Description:     , hexastyle temple containing the conical stone of Elagabal (ornamented with a facing eagle), shaded by two umbrellas; pediment ornamented with crescent; date EXF in the exergue
Primary Reference:     pg. 241, 24
Reference2:     Delbr√úck, "Uranius of Emesa," NumChron (1948), pg. 12, 2d
Reference3:     Baldus 38-42 (pl. IV, dies I/5)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=16464
Grade:     Good VF, dark brown patina with tan highlights
Notes:     Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1767 Extremely rare Uranius Antoninus is unknown from the ancient literary sources, although Zosimus perhaps confuses this usurper with two usurpers he names as Antoninus and Uranius during the reign of Severus Alexander. He established his government at Emisa in Syria, probably in response to repeated Persian attacks rather than as a challenge to Rome. In any event, it appears he was finally subdued when Valerian marched to recover the East.