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Isopythic Games Issue


PAMPHYLIA, Side. Philip II. AD 247-249. Æ Pentassarion (33.5mm, 18.09 g, 7h). Struck AD 247. AYT K MAPK IOYΛ CЄOYHP ΦIΛIΠΠON CЄB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; Є (mark of value) to right / ICOΠYΘIOC, prize table inscribed CIΔHTΩN holding agonistic crown, inscribed IЄPOC; beneath, amphora between two palms. SNG BN –; Watson 928; RPC VIII Online 21160. Attractive green patina, minor weakness and light roughness. Near EF. Very rare, only three known to RPC, two in CoinArchives.

The Isopythic Games at Side were begun by Gordian III in AD 243 and celebrated again by Philip I in 247.