RPC I, 2101A


Image of specimen #2


Coin type
Volume I
Number 2101A
Province Bithynia-Pontus
Region Bithynia
City Uncertain mint of Bithynia
Reign Claudius
Person (obv.) Claudius (Augustus)
Magistrate C. Sertorius Brocchus (without title)
Obverse design laureate head of Claudius, l.
Reverse design Zeus seated on throne to r., holding sceptre; below feet, uncertain object; to r., monogram probably including ΠΕΥΡ
Metal Æ
Average diameter 36 mm
Average weight 22.97 g
Axis 12
Specimens 3
Note Same monogram as on 2101. —— This coin, dismissed on p. 402 of RPC, does exist in P (among large coins). Neither it nor 2101 belong to Pergamum, where they were attributed because of the monogram. They are, for example, the wrong size and weight for coins of Pergamum, but their metrology, style, long obverse legends and use of a proconsul’s name fit very well in Bithynia. The proconsul is otherwise unknown, and is not mentioned by B. Thomasson, Laterculi Praesidum, B. Rémy, Les Fastes Sénatoriaux or G. Stumpf, Numismatische Studien zur Chronologie der Römischen Statthalter in Kleinasien (1991); Mionnet’s entry is cited in PIR (1st ed.) no. 394, with the comment that the attribution to Pergamum is implausible. The associated issue of Agrippina places his governorship in the last five years of Claudius’s reign. The mint is uncertain, since a seated figure of Zeus is unspecific and occurs elsewhere in Bithynia (e.g. Heraclea 2094; Uncertain 2098). The style is not the same as at other Bithynian mints such as Nicaea or Nicomedia. As noted in RPC, the monogram seems to include the letters E, Y, Π and Ρ. Its resolution is not clear, though it could be compared with that on coins of Caesarea (2017). The coin has now been published by A. Burnett, ‘Two missing governors’, in Character. Aphieroma ste Mando Oeconomidou (Athens, 1996), pp. 61-2.
Addition Additional coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Museum Bibliography
1     P: 1205 (Pergamum) Mi 2.596.549
2     ✸ Solidus Premium 20, 21 Oct. 2017, lot 110
3     Naumann 72, 2 Dec. 2018, lot 262