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Bronze medallion from Gordian III with tauroctony

The bronze medallion, from Cilicia, shows Mithras Tauroctonus on the revers.
22 May 2021
  • Bronze Coin of Gordian III — Anvers

    Bronze Coin of Gordian III — Anvers
    American Numismatic Society 

  • Bronze Coin of Gordian III — Revers

    Bronze Coin of Gordian III — Revers
    American Numismatic Society 


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Bronze medallion (Diam. 0.036). Berlin, Cabinet of coins; British Museum.

Obv.: Bust of Gordian (238-244 A.D.). He is dressed in a paludamentum and wears radiate crown. Rim of pearls.

Leg.: Αύτ(ορχάτωρ) Κ(αίσαρ) Μ. Αντώνιος Γορδιανός Σεβ(αστός) π(ατήρ) π(ατρίδος).

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.

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