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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Crisis & Decline| > |Gordian III| > RP19926
Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Ephesos, Ionia
|Gordian| |III|, |Gordian| |III,| |29| |July| |238| |-| |25| |February| |244| |A.D.,| |Ephesos,| |Ionia|, Ephesos, on the west coast of Anatolia, was famous for its Temple of Artemis, completed around 550 B.C., one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The usual symbols of this nature-goddess and the city are the torch, stag, and the bee. Coins of Ephesos most frequently depict a bee on the obverse. The high-priest of the temple of Artemis was called the King Bee, while the virgin priestesses were called honey-bees (Melissae). Ephesus was one of the seven churches cited in the Book of Revelation and the Gospel of John may have been written there.
RP19926. Bronze AE 21, RPC VII 385.1, BMC Ionia -, SGICV -, Lindgren -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Righetti -, F, weight 4.180g, maximum diameter 21.4mm, die axis 180o, obverse AYT K M AN − ΓOP∆IANOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse EΦECIΩ−N - TYXH, Tyche standing left holding patera and cornucopia, altar right; rare; SOLD











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