NYSA-SCYTHOPOLIS (BEIT SHEAN) AE, GORDIAN III
Spijkerman 59, Soafer 64, 23.4mm, 12.26 grams, Struck Circa. 240/241 C.E.
Obverse: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III to right
Reverse: Dionysus nude with flying chalmys behind advancing right, holding thyrsos, olive branch in right field on top of herm-like figure, date (304 = 240/241 C.E.) in left field
An excellent, well-detailed, bold and clear reverse on this coin! Although, not gorgeous, the issues of this city are notoriously poor. Our specimen is of better grade than any of the Published or auctioned examples we could find and better than the Soafer collection specimens! Nice eye appeal.