Syria Decapolis, Gadara
Reign of Gordian III (238-244 AD)
Minted 239-240 AD
Obverse: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right. Inscription AVTOK K • MAP ANTo GOPDIANIOC no longer visible.
Reverse: Galley sailing right with standard bearer on prow, navigator at stern and oarsmen. Date GT below galley. POMP/GADAPЄ/oN
In good condition with natural patina present.
Diameter: 24 mm; Weight: 11.46 g
Bibliography: Rosenberger 90; Spij. 96
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This coin commemorates the founding of the city of Gadara by Pompey in 63 B.C. It depicts Pompey’s flagship and may be a reference to the mock battles performed to commemorate Pompey’s naval victories.