Coin of Sardis with bust of Philip I, struck under P. Cornelius Acyla

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 244–249

Mint: Asia: Lydia, Sardis


Diameter: 50 mm. Weight: 43.51 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust of Philip I to right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Sacrificial scene with central flaming altar. Four bull’s heads appear amid flames on altar.
At left attendant leads humped bull to altar.
At right Zeus Lydios stands on pedestal beneath tree.
Central hole. Traces of silvering on reverse.
Inscriptions in Greek around and in exergue.


By 1968: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; by 1972: with A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd., 11 Adelphi Terrace, London WC2N 6BJ, England; purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd., June 7, 1972

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour