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Coin of Seleucia-ad-Calycadnum with bust of Severus Alexander

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Obverse: Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust of Seveus Alexander to right. Inscription in Greek around. Countermark on neck. Reverse: Athena to right, shield on left arm and spear in right hand striking at serpent-footed giant who hurls stone (?) with right hand. Inscription in Greek. (see media...

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By date unknown: in the collection of an English clergyman (now MFA 65.636-65.870); about 1963: collection purchased at auction in London by Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; collection purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 9,1965

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 222–235


Seleucia-ad-Calycadnum, Cilicia


Diameter: 30.5 mm. Weight: 14.77 gm. Die Axis: 6

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The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins