SILVER DENARIUS OF MACRINUS, ROME, AD 217.

SILVER DENARIUS OF MACRINUS, ROME, AD 217.

245.00

Obverse: IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, Laureate and cuirassed bust of Macrinus facing right.

Reverse: PONTIF MAX TR P COS P P, Fides Militum standing facing, head right, right foot on helmet, holding standard in each hand.

RIC: 22A. Sear: 7345. BMCRE: 38. [Rome, AD 217].

Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 3.4 g.

A stunning silver denarius of the short-lived emperor Macrinus. After plotting the assassination of his predecessor Caracalla, Macrinus managed to conceal his involvement in the affair, and three days later was proclaimed Emperor by the army. This coin dates to the early part of his 14 month reign, which he spent entirely in the East, never visiting Rome. Struck on a full flan in near mint condition.  

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