Reverse: Helmeted, draped, and Armed Athena watching Perseus behead the dr...

Obverse: Laureate bust of Caracalla

Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Context: Sebaste
Material: Bronze
Denomination: Medallion
Issuing Authority: Caracalla
Actual Weight: 27.46 g.
Die Axis: 6
Date: exact 211 AD - exact 217 AD
Dimensions: 38.5 mm.
Region: Phrygia
Period: Severan

Obverse Type: Within a dotted circle stands the draped, helmeted, and armed figure of Athena, in 3/4-view to the right, watching Perseus cut off the head of the kneeling Gorgon, Medusa. Perseus, at center, nude except for a cape, lunges in 3/4-view to the right, and turns his head back to the left. He holds his weapon, a sword, in his right hand, and Medusa's head in his left. At right, Medusa, draped, kneels in 3/4-view to the right.

Donor: Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Zoƫ Wilbour

Commentary: Imperial bronze medallion

Sources Used: BMC Phrygia, 375, no. 34