Coin of Berytus with bust of Gordian III

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 238–244

Mint: Syria, Berytus


Diameter: 28.5 mm. Weight: 19.09 gm. Die Axis: 12

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Gordian III to right. IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVGCOSIIPP
Reverse: Tetrastyle temple of Asarte, within which facing bust of Asarte wearing turreted crown and flanked either side by cornucopia and military eagle. On roof Poseidon and Beroe in center with Nike either side. In pediment, shield.
In exergue: dolphin right.
COLIV L A [VG]FEL in ex.: BE R


By date unknown: Lord Grantley Collection; by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection; by 1961: with Glendining & Co. Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (auction of the R. Cyril Lockett Collection, part XII, February 21-23, 1961, lot 3003, partial); by date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, December 11, 1968

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III