Cilicia. Tarsos. Gordian III. AD 238-244.
AYT K ANT ΓOPΔIANOC CЄB, Π Π across field, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III to right / TAPCOV M-[H]-TPO-ΠOΛЄΩ-C, A M K Γ B in fields, Perseus, on the left, with winged sandals, standing right, holding harpa in his right hand and cultus-image of Apollo Lykeios and the wolves in his left, on the right, a fisherman standing left, holding fishing rod with a fish in his right hand and basket in his left.
nearly very fine
SNG Levante 1118; SNG Paris 1647; SNG von Aulock 6046. From the Tareq Hani collection
According to Cavedoni (Spicilegio, num., p.211) , the reverse of this rare coin represents the meeting of Perseus and the fisherman Diktys, who drew Danaë and her son from the sea with his net, and was afterwards made king of Seriphos. Possibly this scene represented is some local unknown legend of Tarsos.