User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Coin of Edessa with bust of Gordian III

Start collecting

Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Gordian III to right. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Roma seated left, holding Nike on right hand and being crowned by the City, who holds wreath and cornucopia. Inscription in Greek. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)


By date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection; by date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, November 9, 1966

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 238–244


Edessa, Macedonia


Diameter: 25.5 mm. Weight: 9.85 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins