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Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Patara, Lycia
From the birthplace of Santa Clause. Patara, sometimes renamed Arsinoe, was a flourishing maritime and commercial city on the south-west coast of Lycia on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey near the modern small town of Gelemis, in Antalya Province. Patara was said to have been founded by Patarus, a son of Apollo and was renowned for its temple and oracle of Apollo, second only to that of Delphi. Apollo is sometimes mentioned with the surname Patareus. Patara is the birthplace of St. Nicholas (b. c. 15 March 270 A.D.), who lived most of his life in the nearby town of Myra (Demre).
RP87599. Bronze AE 29, SNGvA
4385; SNG Cop
117 118; BMC Lycia
p. 77, 14; Von Aulock Lykien
197 , Choice F, nice green patina
, well centered
on a tight flan
, Patara (near Gelemis, Turkey) mint, weight
16.416g, maximum diameter
28.8mm, die axis
, 29 Jul 238 - 25 Feb 244 A.D.; obverse
AYT KAI M ANT ΓOP∆IANOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust
standing slightly left, head
left, laurel branch in extended right hand, bow in left hand at side
; before him, on left, eagle
standing left on omphalos
with it head
turned back right; behind, on right, serpent-entwined tripod lebes
Catalog current as of Thursday, March 21, 2019.
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