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Coin Type:Bronze AE26 of Gordian III, Caesar 238 CE, Augustus 238-244 CE.
Mint and Date: Hadrianopolis in Thrace, 238-244 CE.
Size and Weight: 26mm, 7.94g.
Obverse: AVT K M ANT ΓOPΔIANOC AVΓ
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
Reverse: AΔPI-AN and in ex: OΠOΛEI/TΩN (the ΩN ligate)
Cybele seated facing, head left, on a lion leaping to the right. She is robed and wears a kalathos, rests her right hand on a tympanum supported on the lion's rump, and holds a transverse sceptre in her left arm. Partly obscured by the head and forelegs of the lion, a Korybant dances, facing away, head left. He is bare to the waist, wears a crested helmet and holds aloft a shield in his left hand and a curved sword in his right.
Provenance: slaveycoins (eBay), March 2010.
Ref: Varbanov II (English) 3997 (misnumbered 3797) (double die match); Jurukova 570 (V248/R554).
BW Ref: 060 048 155
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Note: Varbanov calls the object in the Korybant's right hand a fackel (torch), but it is not very clear on his specimen. On this one, it is completely on the flan and looks more like a curved sword. Although a torch would make sense for a night-time procession, a sword is also fully in keeping both with the tradition and with the shield. But the identification as either is far from certain as yet.
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