Sidon, Phoenicia, Elagabalus AE 30, Choice About Extremely Fine, 218 - 222 C.E.

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ELAGABALUS, SIDON, PHOENICIA AE, 218 - 222 C.E.

BMC 245, SNG Cop.255v, About Extremely Fine, repatinated, 30.1mm, 17.64 grams

Obverse: IMP CAESAR MAVANTONINIVS AVG around diademed and draped bust of Elagabalus to right
 
Reverse: Carriage of Astarte, Baetyl within, two palm branches above, AVRPIA SID COLMET around
 
The finest example of this Biblical city coin of Phoenicia that we have seen and of the RAREST legend variant. The great majority of examples have METRO to right, ours COL MET
 
Sidon is known as צידון in the Bible.