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Bronze coin of Ephesos, reign of emperor Macrinus

217/218

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

This bronze coin of Ephesos comes from the reign of the Roman emperor Macrinus, in AD 217-218. As with many coins of this region and period it carries on the obverse (on the front) a portrait of the reigning emperor, and on the reverse a scene of local significance. The reverse of this coin bears a scene of sacrifice in front of a temple. Within the temple is a statue of a Roman emperor (it is unclear which one), indicating that the temple is dedicated to a deified Roman emperor. The possession of such an imperial temple was a source of much pride to provincial cities in the Roman world. Possession of an imperial cult entitled a city to the title neokoros ('temple-warden'). Ephesos was thus honoured several times over: at the time of Macrinus the city was titled neokoros three times, and would be granted one more by the emperor Elagabalus (ruled AD 218-222).

Details

  • Title: Bronze coin of Ephesos, reign of emperor Macrinus
  • Date Created: 217/218
  • Physical Dimensions: Weight: 20.200g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: BNK,G.553
  • Production place: Minted in Ephesus
  • Period/culture: Roman Provincial
  • Material: alloy
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Authority: Ruler Macrinus
  • Acquisition: Donated by Bank of England

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