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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Greek Imperial| > |Phoenicia| > RP57245
Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Tyre, Phoenicia
The Tyrians paid supreme adoration to Astarte. Josephus records by Hiram, King of Tyre, built a magnificent temple in honor of Ashtaroth (Astarte). This temple and images of the goddess both appear frequently on coins of the Roman colony. Cicero affirms that the goddess, was the Syrian Venus, who was said to have been married to Adonis (lib. iii. De Nat. Deor.).
RP57245. Bronze AE 30, Rouvier 2425; Mionnet Supp. VIII p. 309, 337; BMC Phoenicia p. 280, 424 var. (rev. legend); SNG Cop -, aVF, Tyre mint, weight 19.234g, maximum diameter 30.3mm, die axis 0o, obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL [AVG], laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse COL TVR METR, Temple of Astarte with six columns, arch over center, Astarte in center placing uncertain object on trophy left, Nike on right, altar before temple flanked by palm and murex; interesting type; very rare; SOLD

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