RPC I, 3809A

 

 

Coin type
Volume I
Number 3809A
Province Kingdom of Pontus
Region Pontus
City Kingdom of Pontus
Reign Polemo II
Person (obv.) Tryphaena (queen)
Person (rev.) Nero (Augustus)
Issue Year 18
Dating 55/6
Obverse inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ ΤΡΥΦΑΙΝΗΣ
Obverse design inscription in lines in a diadem
Reverse inscription ΕΤΟΥΣ [Ι]Η
Reverse design laureate head of Nero (?), r.
Metal Silver
Average weight 3.61 g
Specimens 1
Note An intriguing coin. The date year 18 is found on coins with portraits of Polemo and Tryphaena (RPC 3809) and on coins with portraits of Nero and Polemo (RPC 3830; cf. 3837 of Polemo and Britannicus (?); there are also coins with a potrait of Claudius and Polemo’s name written out in a diadem for years 12-17 (RPC 3816-20). So the combination of Tryphaena and emperor is slightly surprising. However that may be the coin demonstrates that the years on coins of Tryphaena are the same as the regnal years on coins of Polemo and of Nero (cf. RPC pp. 567-8).
Addition Additional coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Museum Bibliography
1     Giessener Münzhandlung 95, 9 Mar. 1999, lot 546