Coin of Ephesus with bust of Antoninus Pius

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 138–161

Mint: Asia: Ionia, Ephesus


Diameter: 36.5 mm. Weight: 31.63 gm. Die Axis: 6

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Antoninus Pius to left.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Jupiter Pluvius seated right, throne on rock; he holds thunderbolt in left hand and with right pours rain on mountain-god Pion, recumbent at lower right. At lower left, kneeling female figure with head against rock. Cypress trees in landscape.
Inscription in Greek.


By 1982: with Edward J. Waddell, Ltd., Suite 1100, 1050 Seventeenth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (Auction 1, Barbizon Plaza Hotel, 106 Central Park South, New York City, December 9, 1982, lot 192); purchased by MFA from Edward J. Waddell, Ltd., September 12, 1984

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour