Medallion of Tarsus with bust of Maximinus I Thrax

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 235–238

Mint: Cilicia, Tarsus


Diameter: 40 mm. Weight: 33.76 gm. Die Axis: 1

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Bust of Maximinus to right, wearing radiate crown, paludamentum and cuirass.
Inscriptions in Greek around and in right and left fields.
Reverse: Judgment of Paris, with, from left to right, Athena standing with spear and shield, Hera seated, veiled and draped, Aphrodite standing nude, all to right; facing them, Paris seated left, wearing Phrygian cap, holding apple in right hand, crook in left hand.
Inscriptions in Greek above, below right, and in exergue.


By date unknown: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Street, Philadelphia 3, Pa. (Hesperia Art Bulletin VIII, no. 90); purchased by MFA from Hesperia Art, April 9, 1959, for $ 196.50 (this is the total price for 59.232-59.244)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour