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Coin ID #5868

Anemurion (AD 253-260) AE 28 - Valerian

Valerian I, 253-260 AD. AE28 (11.71g), dated 254/5 AD (year 2). AVK ΠO ΛI OVAΛEPIANON, draped, cuirassed and laureate bust right / ET B ANE - MOV - PEΩN, cult-statue of Artemis standing facing on pedestal, with great veil, both hands extended, holding branch(?) in right hand and sistrum with left, crescent on left below. Good F. Hoeft coll.

It seems to be an unknown local cult-statue in the style of Artemis of Ephesos. Her body is completely covered with rows of breasts denoting her fertility. Another interpretation: These may be testicles of castrated adherents.

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City/Mint name:Anemurion
Keywords:bronze / roman
References:SNG Levante 513
Valuation:€135, Dr. Brandt
Photo courtesy of:Dr. Brandt -
Filesize:139 KiB
Date added:May 06, 2009
Dimensions:1331 x 658 pixels
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