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    Copper alloy medallion; struck in two different alloys.(obverse) Bust of Gordian III, laureate, draped and cuirassed, left, with a spear over right shoulder.
    (reverse) View of the interior of the Circus Maximus; in the centre of the spina is an obelisk, and at each extremity three metae; before the spina are five groups; the first represents a combat between two gladiators; the second, two wrestlers; the third a pair of pancratiaste; the fourth, two pugiles boxing with caestus; and the fifth, a wounded gladiator being led away by an attendant; beyond the spina a race is taking place between two quadrigae, left; further in the background, the Emperor in a triumphal chariot with six horses, accompanied by Victory crowning him and holding palm and preceded by three soldiers carrying long palms.


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    • 244
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    • Weight: 59.486 grammes
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        P M TR P VII COS II P P
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    • Gnecchi 1912 Vol. II 27, p.90 bibliographic details
    • BMCRM 5, p.46 bibliographic details
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    • RMp46.5
Copper alloy medallion; struck in two different alloys.



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