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CILICIA, Tarsus. Gordian III. 238-244 AD. AE 35mm (19.93 gm). Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / TAPCOY M-HTPOPOLEWC, A/M/K G-B in fields, Mithras holding knife, kneeling on back of bull about to cut his throat. SNG Levante -; SNG France -; SNG von Aulock -; BMC Cilicia pg. 213, 258 (same reverse die). Fine, dark greenish-brown patina, light roughness, small cut on edge.
From the Garth R. Drewry Collection.
Bronze medallion (Diam. 0.036). Berlin, Cabinet of coins; British Museum.
Vignoli, 176 with fig.; Welcker in Zoega, 152 No. 43 and 154; de Hammer,
Mithriaca, 107 No. 82; Lajard, Intr. Pl. CII, 13; Mionnet, Sup. VII, 282
No. 510; Hill, Coins Br. Mus., 213 No. 258 and Pl. XXXVIII, 4; MMM II
189 No. 3 with fig. 12; Head, Hist. Numm., 22, 733; DS, Dict. Ant., 1945 fig.
5084; Frothingham in AJA 1918, 63ff; MM 28 fig. 1; Leipoldt, VI and Pl. 14;
Saxl, 13; Nilsson, Gr. Rel. II, Pl. 16,2. See fig. 4.
Obv.: Bust of Gordian (238-244 A.D.). He is dressed in a paludamentum and
wears radiate crown. Rim of pearls.
Leg.: Au)t(okra/twr) K(ai=sar) M. Antw~nioj Gordiano\j Seb(asto\j) p(ath\r) p(atri/doj).
Rev.: Mithras in radiate crown, lifts dagger with his r.h. in order to kill the
bull. With the other hand he grasps the animal's nostrils. Mithras' breast is
covered by a cuirass, below which is a short turrlc, he also has the flying cloak and
anaxyrides. Rim of pearls.