Jeremy Posted May 26, 2022 · Member Share Posted May 26, 2022 (edited) This AE 25 of Tranquillina (wife of Gordian III) was struck in the Roman colony of Cremna in Pisidia, which is located in modern day Turkey. Tranquillina (born circa 225) was the daughter of the Praetorian Prefect Timesitheus by an unknown wife. She's shown wearing a stephane, a metal headband, and appears in front of a crescent. The reverse features the Three Graces, named Aglaea, Euphrosyne and Thalia, who were commonly said to be daughters of Zeus and an Oceanid (daughter of the ocean) named Eurynome. Homer described them as attendants of the goddess Aphrodite. They would sing and dance for the other Olympians during feasts and dances. They seem to appear mainly on Roman provincial coins. They are commonly portrayed in an interlocking pose, with the one in the center facing backward and draping her arms over the the shoulders of the other two Graces, who face forward. It's hard to see in this coin, but the graces on each side hold flowers. Pisidia, Cremna, Tranquillina (wife of Gordian III) Æ 25mm 238-244 AD Obverse: SAB TRANQVILLINAM AVGVS[TAM]; Draped bust of Tranquillina right, wearing stephane, crescent behind. Reverse: COL CREM - N - E - NSIVM; The Three Graces, arm in arm, the one on the left and right each holding a flower. References: SNG von Aulock, Pisidien II, 1423; SNG Paris 1512. 25mm, 12.11g Feel free to share any related examples! Edited May 26, 2022 by Jeremy 17 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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