RPC I, 2538G


Image of specimen #2


Coin type
Volume I
Number 2538G
Province Asia
Subprovince Conventus of Ephesus
Region Lydia
City Hypaepa
Reign Tiberius
Person (obv.) Tiberius (Augustus)
Obverse inscription ΤΙΒΕΡΙΟΝ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΝ
Obverse design laureate head, right
Reverse inscription [ ]Ν ΚΑΙ ΣΑΡ[?ΔΙΑΝΩΝ], ΣΑΚΟΔΔΑΣ
Reverse design figure wearing tunic and cloak clasping hands with togate figure
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 19 mm
Axis 12
Specimens 2 (1 in the core collections)
Note A restoration of the name of Hypaepa seems possible in view of 5445 (now 2538E) (with a very similar obv.), and the unusual name which perhaps has affinities with 2528; it is also supported by the use of the accusative on the obv. ΚΑΙ ΣΑΡΔΙΑΝ[ΩΝ] is a possible reading, though ΚΑΙΣΑΡΕΩΝ might also be possible. For the rev. type, compare also the alliance coins of Pergamum and Sardis of Mousaios, though the figure on the l. seems male (the emperor?). If this figure were the emperor, then the reading ΚΑΙΣΑΡΕΩΝ and an attribution to one of the cities devasted by the earthquake of AD 17 might seem preferable, but this is just speculation, and not compatible with an attribution to Hypaepa. Specimen 2 gives the complete obverse legend, corrects the name of the magistrate in Sakoddas and probably allows the restoration of Hypapepa.
Correction Corrected coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     L: 1927,0607.42 (uncertain)
2 2     ✸ D. Lowe coll.