Medallion of Smyrna with bust of Septimius Severus, struck under Cl. Rufinus Sophistes

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 198–202

Mint: Asia: Ionia, Smyrna


Diameter: 36 mm. Weight: 23.03 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Bust of Septimius Severus right, laureate, cuirassed and draped.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Amazon standing left, wearing turreted crown and tunic, holding small pelta, double axe (and drapery?) in left hand, and model of temple in right; behind her, Nike, holding palm branch in left and crowning Amazon with right; below at left, altar (?).
Inscriptions in Greek around and in exergue.


By 1959: with Jacques Schulman, Keizersgracht 448, Amsterdam (Jacques Schulman auction, Carlton Hotel, Amsterdam, March 9-12, 1959, Catalogue 232, lot 1412); purchased on behalf of MFA at the Shulman auction by Spink & Son, Ltd., 5-7 King Street, St. James's, London S.W. 1, England; purchased by MFA from Spink & Son, Ltd., April 9, 1959, for $ 1,325.00 (this is the total price for 59.247-59.251)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour