Coin of Gordian III, Emperor of Rome from Tarsus Artist: Unknown
Mint: Tarsus (Cilicia)
Ruler: Gordian III, Emperor of Rome, 225–244, ruled 238–44




22.54 g, 7:00, 36 mm

Credit Line

Ruth Elizabeth White Fund with the assistance of Ben Lee Damsky

Accession Number



3rd century A.D.


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Obverse Description

Obverse Description: AVT K M ANT GORDIANOC CEB; left and right in field: P P Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, slightly from the rear

Reverse Description

Reverse Description: TARCOV MHTRO - POL EWC; vertical in field at left: AMK; horizontal at right: GB Scylla facing with her head left. Her outstretched right arm has a fin-like termination; she holds a trident? (In all specimens I have seen, it seems to be a solid rectangle atop the shaft rather than a three-pronged termination) in the crook of her left arm; she has legs which splay out and become serpentine with a tail termination. Four dogs protrude from her ample middle.


Eduardo Levante, Paris, to 1996. Italo Vecchi, London, February 1–2, 1996, lot 894; Ben Lee Damsky, 1996–2008; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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coins, money

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