Weight: 14.240 g
Diameter: 32.000 mm
Coins and Medals
Bronze coin of Ephesos, reign of Valerian
Roman, AD 253-260
Minted at Ephesos, modern Turkey
A coin showing one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
This bronze coin of Ephesos comes from the period of the rule of the Roman emperor Valerian (AD 253-260). As with many coins of this period and area, the obverse (front) carries a portrait of the reigning emperor, while the reverse shows a scene with some local significance.
of this coin bears a depiction of the famous Artemisium, or Temple
The depiction of local architecture is common on such reverse designs, and marks these Greek issues of the Empire as, in one sense, distinctively Roman-influenced. Indeed, the architectural designs on these coins often form our best evidence for the appearance of ancient buildings.
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