Medal: Ancient Rome (Pergamum) Severus Alexander, Zeus and Asklepios  222AD to 235AD
Medal: Ancient Rome (Pergamum) Severus Alexander, Zeus and Asklepios 222AD to 235AD

What a fantastic piece! First I thought this was an AE drachm from Alexandria, but the weight of almost 50 grams is far too high for that. After further research I can conclude that this is a rare medallion strike from Pergamon (Pergamum) in Mysia struck during the reign of the ever-'photogenic' Roman emperor Severus Alexander.

The reverse shows the deity Asklepios, an ancient Greek god and personification of medicine, standing with his well-known serpent-entwined staff that even today is used as a symbol of health-care and medicine. He is standing in front of an enthroned Zeus; a deity who should require no introduction.

The only other specimen I was able to find online had had its obverse obliterated in antiquity for some reason, but the reverse design and inscription match perfectly. The weight is lower, but given the general state of the coin, that is understandable.

The reverse legend is given as 'EΠI CTP AVP NEIΛOV ΠEPGAMHNΩN ΠPΩTΩV NEΩKOPΩV'. I can clearly read the final two words on your medal. A transcription into Latin letters would be something like 'Epi. Str. Aur. Neilon. Pergamenon Protou Neokorou', with 'Aur[elion?] Neilon' being the name of the issuing town magistrate, and 'Pergamenon' the local name for the city.

This other specimen seen here was sold by vendor Rutten & Wieland on VCoins for 125 Swiss Francs, or about $130 US dollars. And this is with the obverse obliterated! I would expect the value of Classified's coin to be in the area of $600 to $1000 US dollars.

In the SNG von Aulock, this coin is listed as #7517. The catalog is expensive and I do not own it, but you may be able to find it at some major libraries. It may give a transcription of the obverse legend, a more accurate date, or some other interesting information.

Coin: 21298 , Genre: Medals
Requested by: Classified, Tue, 21-Jun-2016 03:27:08 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Tue, 21-Jun-2016 11:34:33 GMT
Requester description: 300AD Observe: Emperor facing right, drapped or with battle armour.

Reverse: Someone seated on throne or chair, facing left, with someone facing to him. npntnnf
Tags: medal ancient rome pergamum severus alexander zeus asklepios medallion medals medalion badge medaille medallions anciet romana roman romen roma alexandroy alexandros observe emperor drapped drape battle armour armor seated seat throne chair observed empereur imperaior emperer emperuer emporer emperur emperio emperado emperador empreradur eporor emperator draped drapes battling battles stool prwtwn neokorwn protwn god goddess people two stick rod staff snake serpent gods deity godess person peuple peoples peple persons sticky sitcky harpoon stuck sticks rods asps snakes asp





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