RPC I, 2074

 

Image of specimen #4

 

Coin type
Volume I
Number 2074
Province Bithynia-Pontus
Region Bithynia
City Nicomedia
Reign Claudius
Person (obv.) Messallina
Magistrate C. Cadius Rufus (proconsul)
Dating c. 47/8
Obverse inscription ΜΕΣΣΑΛΕΙΝΑ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ ΝΕΑ ΗΡΑ
Obverse design draped bust of Messalina, r.; before, two poppies
Reverse inscription ΕΠΙ Γ ΚΑΔΙΟΥ ΡΟΥΦΟΥ ΑΝΘΥΠΑΤΟΥ ΠΑΤΡΩΝΟΣ
Reverse design laureate and draped bust of Apollo, l., with lyre in front; two monograms including ΝΕΡ and ΜΗΤ
Metal Æ
Average diameter 28 mm
Average weight 12.99 g
Reference Rec 23 = Rec Nicea 34
Specimens 4
Note The head on the rev. was interpreted as Britannicus in Rec Nicaea 34, but the lyre identifies it as Apollo.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Museum Bibliography
1     B: Fox
2     C: 205/1948 (Grant)
3     Milan Rec, pl. LXVI.10 = Laffranchi 1048
4     ✸ Peus 400, 22 Apr. 2010, lot 322