Bronze coin of Ephesos, reign of Valerian


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

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.The reverse of this coin bears a depiction of the famous Artemisium, or Temple of Artemis (Diana), at Ephesos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The peculiar cult statue of the goddess can be clearly seen between the columns of the 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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  • Title: Bronze coin of Ephesos, reign of Valerian
  • Date Created: 253/260
  • Physical Dimensions: Weight: 14.240g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1970,0909.84
  • Production place: Minted in Ephesus
  • Period/culture: Roman Provincial
  • Material: alloy
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Authority: Ruler Valerian