Obverse: Bust of Gordian III

Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Context: Ephesus
Material: Bronze
Denomination: Medallion
Issuing Authority: Gordian III
Actual Weight: 22.81 g.
Date: exact 238 AD - exact 244 AD
Dimensions: 34.5 mm.
Region: Ionia
Period: Third Century A.C.

Obverse Type: Within a dotted circle the cult statue of Ephesian Artemis and Abbondantia (the personification of Abundance). At left stands the facing Ephesian Artemis, flanked at right by a deer, shown in profile to the right. At right stands the draped figure of Abbondantia, in 3/4-view to the left, holding a patera in her right hand and a cornucopia in her left arm. At her right foot stands an altar (or a modius?).

Donor: In memory of Zoƫ Wilbour

Commentary: Imperial bronze medallion

Sources Used: M. Comstock, BMFA 65 (1967) 168-69, fig. 15; C. Vermeule in GRBS 1 (1958) 115; Romans and Barbarians, 90, no. C62, illus.; T.V. Haney, The New York Times, July 14, 1968, D27 (ill.)