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Coin of Trapezus with bust of Gordian III

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Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Gordian III to right. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Horseman (Mên or Mithra) wearing Phrygian cap rides right toward altar. At left, tree. At right, star. Inscriptions in Greek around and in exergue. See media screen for Greek inscriptions.

Provenance

By date unknown: Jonathan H. Kagan Collection (purchased from Dennis Devine); gift of Jonathan H. Kagan to MFA, December 30, 1986

Credit Line

Gift of Jonathan H. Kagan

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 238–239

Mint

Trapezus, Pontus

Dimensions

Diameter: 30 mm. Weight: 14.50 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

1986.978

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins