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ID:     860710
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     LYCAONIA
City:     Iconium
Issuer:     Gallienus
Date Ruled:     AD 253-268
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE23
Date Struck:     AD 253-268
Diameter:     23 mm
Weight:     5.34 g
Die Axis:     1 h
Obverse Legend:     IMP Γ P LIC GALLIENVS P F
Obverse Description:     Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
Reverse Legend:     ICONIEN COLO / S – R
Reverse Description:     Perseus standing facing, head left, holding severed head of Medusa and harpa
Primary Reference:     SNG France 2304
Reference2:     VA, Lycaoniens, 428
Reference3:     SNG Cop 9
Reference4:     SNG VA 8649 (all same dies)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Near EF, wonderful pale blue-green patina, a few light earthen deposits
Notes:     Excellent detail for issue. Alluding to Perseus’s mythical slaying of Medusa, this coin depicts the two figures from that legend. Medusa, once a beautiful young maiden, dared to challenge Athena’s beauty. As punishment for her impiety, Medusa’s hair was turned into hissing serpents and she was condemned with a gaze which turned every living being to stone. Perseus, son of Zeus and the mortal Danae, was given the task of slaying this monster and was aided, in part, by Athena who provided him with her shield for the task.