RPC I, 2816


Image of specimen #3


Coin type
Volume I
Number 2816
Province Asia
Subprovince Conventus of Alabanda
Region Caria
City Alabanda
Reign Uncertain
Person (obv.) Uncertain
Person (rev.) Uncertain
Obverse inscription ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΙ
Obverse design laureate male head, right, facing female head, left
Reverse inscription ΑΛΑΒΑΝΔΕ[ΩΝ]
Reverse design two small (?laureate) jugate heads, surmounted by stars, right, facing laureate head, left
Metal brass
Average diameter 19 mm
Axis 12
Reference BMC 28
Specimens 4 (3 in the core collections)
Die-links 1–4: same pair of dies.
Note The identification of the heads is extremely difficult. BMC, following Mi 3.307.21, identified the obv. as Augustus and Livia, and the rev. as Gaius and Lucius Caesar facing their natural father Agrippa; this was followed by Imhoof-Blumer (on his ticket under the coin in B). The portraits are not at all diagnostic; indeed, if anything, they look Severan! On the other hand, the letter form Σ indicates an early date. There is no obvious interpretation to offer; but for the obv. legend one might have suspected that Apollo and/or Artemis were represented, as on the similar piece of Claudius (2819). Compare the similarly puzzling coin of Methymna (2339). See K.-L. Elvers, Plena Caesarum domus. Überlegungen zu einer frühkaiserzeitlichen Bronzemünze aus Alabanda (RPC I, 2816), in H. Schwarzer and H.-H. Nieswandt (ed.), Festschrift für Dieter Salzmann zum 65. Geburtstag, I (Marsberg/ Padberg, 2016), pp. 61-71 and Tafel 6.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     L BMC 28
2 2     P: 36
3 3     ✸ B: 18236642, I-B
4 4     Lewis = SNG 1630