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ID:     591731
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     CARIA
City:     Halicarnassus
Issuer:     Gordian III
Date Ruled:     AD 238-244
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE 19
Date Struck:     AD 238-244
Diameter:     19 mm
Weight:     5.60 g
Obverse Legend:     AV[T K M ANT ΓΟPΔIA]NOC [AVΓ]
Obverse Description:     Laureate and draped bust of Gordian right
Reverse Legend:     [ΑΛΙΚΑPΝΑ]CCΣΩΝ [HPOΔOTOC]
Reverse Description:     Bearded and draped bust of Herodotos right
Primary Reference:     SNG VA -
Reference2:     SNG Cop -
Reference3:     BMC Caria - (but see no
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=16433
Grade:     84, pl. XIX, 3 - Hadrian with similar reverse)
Notes:     Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1731 Fine, red-brown patina This coin celebrates one of the city’s greatest citizens, Herodotos, whose traditional dates are circa 485-425 BC. His great work, The Histories, is the story of the war between the Persian empire and the Greek city-states. In itself it is an exciting story, but the work is important for a number of reasons. Herodotos was not the first historian, but he was the first to make investigation the key to history (the word ‘history’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘inquiry’ or ‘investigation’). Herodotos wanted to find what actually happened, so he travelled extensively in the eastern Mediterranean, including visits to Egypt and Persia, gathering first-hand accounts from people who had actually witnessed the events he wrote about. While people today might criticise Herodotos for his tendency to include inaccurate and often implausible information, he nevertheless established the notion that history must begin with research.