This site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience.
Find out more on how we use cookies in our privacy policy.


Bronze medallion from Gordian III with tauroctony

The bronze medallion, from Cilicia, shows Mithras Tauroctonus on the revers.
  • Bronze Coin of Gordian III — Anvers

    Bronze Coin of Gordian III — Anvers
    American Numismatic Society 

  • Bronze Coin of Gordian III — Revers

    Bronze Coin of Gordian III — Revers
    American Numismatic Society 

The New Mithraeum
22 May 2021
Updated on 7 Nov 2022

The full article is reserved for our members.

Log in or create a free account to access the entire site.

Bronze medallion (Diam. 0.036). Berlin, Cabinet of coins; British Museum.

Obv.: Bust of Gordian (238-244 A.D.). He is dressed in a paludamentum and wears radiate crown. Rim of pearls.

Leg.: Αύτ(ορχάτωρ) Κ(αίσαρ) Μ. Αντώνιος Γορδιανός Σεβ(αστός) π(ατήρ) π(ατρίδος).

Rev.: Mithras in radiate crown, lifts dagger with his r.h. in order to kill the bull. With the other hand he grasps the animal's nostrils.