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AR Hadrian Cistophoric Tetradrachm 117-138 A.D.(11.6g) minted 134-138 A.D. in Ephesus O: Bare hd.r.; HADRIANUS AUG COS III PP; BMC 1091; RIC 475a R: Diana Ephesiana cult statue in tetrastyle temple; DIA NA on either side of temple; in ex., EPHESIA G: struck over stephanephoric tetradrachm; Mint State S: Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. 83rd B/B Sale(lot 354); 8/24/94

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What a nice representation of this famous temple; it's so unfortunate the original hasn't survived.
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I completely agree with you William. It was one of the wonders of the ancient world. At least the Vatican got the statue of Diana from it. The History channel has had an interesting documentary on from time to time about the location and method of construction of this building. According to them it was built in a swampy area with the soil below it having somewhat liquid characteristics for protection from earthquakes. I've also always liked this coin for the obvious but unobtrusive overstrike on a stephanephoric tetradrachm.
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