RPC I, 3710

 

Image of specimen #7

 

Coin type
Volume I
Number 3710
Province Cilicia
Region Cilicia
Subregion Cilicia Trachea
City Celenderis
Reign Antiochus IV of Commagene
Person (obv.) Antiochos IV of Commagene (king)
Obverse inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΣ
Obverse design diademed and draped bust of Antiochus IV, r.
Reverse inscription ΚΕΛΕΝΔΕΡΙΤⲰΝ, Ν Α Σ, ΕΠΡ ΠΑΔΗ (in field)
Reverse design Apollo, standing, l., holding branch and resting arm on column surmounted by tripod
Metal Æ
Average diameter 23 mm
Average weight 7.98 g
Axis 12
Reference KM 457, nos 20–1, Kovacs 267
Specimens 8
Die-links 1–4: same pair of dies. 1–4: same rev. die as 3710A/1.
Note Ν in field is retrograde. These coins pose something of a problem since they seem to be die-linked to other coins (Levante 544, Münz Zentrum 58 (1986), lot 1433, Schulten (20.10.1988) lot 447, R. Ziegler, Münzen Kilikiens aus kleineren deutschen Sammlungen, p. 255) with ΚΕΛΕΝΔΕΡ[ ] ΘΠΡ(?) ΠΑΔΗ, which must surely be false in view of the poor rev. style and the fact that the column is surmounted by a trident and not a tripod. One can only suppose that an obv. die has been copied by mechanical means. A similar rev. die appears on similarly suspicious-looking coins (Levante 539, Ziegler 254) with an obv. that is supposed to be Tyche.Thanks to specimen 7, the letters before ΠΑΔΗ can now be read.
Correction Corrected coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Museum Bibliography
1     P: 397 SNG 737 = Wa 4214
2     B: 9941 KM no. 20
3     B: 9941 KM no. 21 with Taf. XVII.21
4     JSW
5     Gorny & Mosch 273, 19 Nov. 2020, lot 367
6     Hauck & Aufhäuser 21, 17 Mar. 2009, lot 203
7     ✸ Naumann 99, 7 Feb. 2021, lot 510
8     CNG EA 149, 4 Oct. 2006, lot 243