Roman Provincial Coins
Elagabalus
Philadelphia, Decapolis
Elagabalus
AE15, 2.89 gms, die axis 3h

SNG ANS 1401

Obv:  AV KECAP ANTONINO
Laureate and draped bust
rRIGHTt., star before

Rev: FIL KOI CVP
Veiled bust of Asteria right, star above

A star goddess, Asteria was the daughter of the Titans Coeus and Phoebe, mother of Hecate by Perses. To escape Zeus' amorous advances, she turned into a quail, jumped into the sea, and became the isle of Ortygia (quail island).
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