Reverse: Confronting busts of radiate Helios and Selene, draped, with a cr...

Obverse: Laureate bust of Severus Alexander

Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Context: Smyrna
Material: Bronze
Issuing Authority: Severus Alexander
Actual Weight: 21.82 g.
Die Axis: 3
Date: exact 222 AD - exact 235 AD
Dimensions: 37 mm.
Region: Ionia
Period: Severan


Obverse Type: Within a dotted circle, busts of Helios (Sun) and Selene (Moon) facing each other. Helios, at left, wears a radiate crown; Selene, at right, is draped and wears a crescent at her shoulders.

Donor: Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Zoƫ Wilbour

Commentary: Imperial bronze

Sources Used: BMC Ionia, no. 432; Sear 1982, 315, no. 3311