The emerging from the sea type is known as Venus Anadyomene - Wikipedia has several example from art, but no coins - below is a statuette: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_Anadyomene Photo: By Romaine - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50775643 As for the coin I just got, information was scanty. Virtually all I know about it comes from Harlan J. Berk via a acsearch hit: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=5263464 "Gordian III. ; Gordian III; 238-244 AD, Deultum, Thrace, AE 23.5, 9.43g. Cf. Dragonov-1313 and Varbanov-2863 (misdescribed), which are from a different die pair. Obv: IMP GORDIA - NVS P [IVS] FEL AVG Bust laureate, draped, cuirassed r. Rx: COL FL P - AC DEVLT Venus/Aphrodite washing her hair: she stands l., head r., wringing out her long wet hair with her r. hand, nude except for drapery covering the lower part of her legs, one end of which also hangs from her r. shoulder while she holds the other end in her l. hand; at her feet is a vase with two large handles so that it could easily be lifted and the water within poured over the body. Sculptural parallels to this type are thought to represent Aphrodite emerging from the sea after her birth and wringing the seawater from her hair, but our coin appears to depict a bathing scene. Dragonov knew only one reverse die of this type in the entire coinage of Deultum, used under Gordian III (pp. 124-5). Our coin is from a new, second, reverse die of the type, also used under Gordian III, but coupled with a different obverse die of that emperor, Draganov's Obv. 109, which was known to him from coins with three other reverse types (p. 75). Our coin also reveals a new, older state of that obverse die, with a large cud in the legend before the emperor's forehead, a fault which does not appear on any of the coins from this obverse die published by Dragonov...." Wildwinds also features this coin - and it appears to be a die match for the example in Berk's auction. That's it. I couldn't find any others. Except for my ghastly example, which is not a die match to the two I've seen. Since I don't know what the Dragonov example looks like, I don't know if mine is a match or not. Or if it is even genuine (it weighs a lot less than Berk's, although the giant chunk missing may be contributing to that). Maybe it's an old fake. It was in an undescribed lot of ancients off eBay and cost $0.60, so I'll only feel mildly scorched by news of a forgery. Gordian III Æ 22 (c. 238-244 A.D.) Deultum, Thrace [IMP GORDIANVS PI]VS FEL AVG laureate, draped, cuirassed bust r. / COL FL [PAC DEVLT] Aphrodite, naked to waist, standing left holding the ends of her long hair and hem of chiton; amphora left. Jurukova 244; Sofia 8469; cf. Dragonov 1313; Varbanov 2863 (??). (4.97 grams / 22 mm) If anybody can shed any additional light on this interesting (I think) issue, I'd love to hear it. Are there any other coins showing Venus bathing or emerging from the sea? I'm still getting my feet wet (har har) with Provincials and I know there are some interesting types out there.