Coin of Byblus with bust of Diadumenian

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 218

Mint: Syria, Byblus


Diameter: 25.5 mm. Weight: 12.43 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Diadumenian to right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Temple of two columns with shell-pattern arch. Within, Astarte standing, left foot on prow, resting right hand on standard, left holding dress upon knee. At right, Nike on column crowning her.
Inscription in Greek left, right, and in exergue.


By date unknown: H. C. Levis Collection; by 1925: with Naville & Cie, 6 & 8 rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 11 [H. C. Levis Collection], Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 18-20, 1925, lot 781); 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 Lockett Collection, part 12, February 21-23, 1961, lot 3003, partial: as ex Campion Collection); by date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; September 18, 1963: gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA

Credit Line

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