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ID:     591755
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     CILICIA
City:     Tarsus
Issuer:     Maximinus I
Date Ruled:     A.D. 235-238
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE36
Date Struck:     AD 235-238
Diameter:     36 mm
Weight:     23.56 g
Obverse Legend:     AVT K Γ IOV OVH MAΞIMEINOC Π Π
Obverse Description:     radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
Reverse Legend:     TAPCOV MHTPOΠ AMK ΓB
Reverse Description:     The Judgement of Paris: Paris seated left on rock, wearing Phrygian cap and holding apple in right hand and lagobolon in left, facing Aphrodite, nude, standing left, drawing drapery from shoulder, Hera enthroned left, and Athena standing left, resting shield on ground before her and holding spear in left hand.
Primary Reference:     SNG Levante -
Reference2:     SNG Levante suppl. -
Reference3:     SNG France 1587 (same dies)
Reference4:     SNG VA -; BMC Lycaonia, etc
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     pg. 205, 223; Cornell 117 (this coin)
Notes:     Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1755 VF, brown patina with sandy highlights Before the birth of her second son, Hekaba, wife of King Priam of Troy, dreamed that she had brought forth a flaming firebrand that destroyed the city, and the new-born child was therefore exposed on Mount Ida. Brought up by a shepherd, he was called Paris, and later, by his courage, earned the name Alexander or 'defender of men'. He was beloved by the nymph Oenone, but he deserted her as a result of a tempting suggestion by Aphrodite which led to the Judgement of Paris. When Hermes came to Mount Ida with the three goddesses he called Paris and said to him: "Come here and decide which is the more excellent beauty of face, and to the fairer give this apple's lovely fruit." (Colluthus, The Rape of Helen 130). While Paris reflected, the goddesses, who for the occasion had bathed their immortal bodies, offered him bribes in order to win the apple award of beauty: Athena offered him the command of Phrygia and the destruction of Hellas, or as some say, that he would be bravest of mortals and skilled in every craft. Likewise Hera offered him, besides wealth, the dominion over Asia and Europe. But Aphrodite offered him the hand of Helen, whose beauty was famous worldwide, and this bribe won the apple.