RPC I, 4030


Image of specimen #2


Coin type
Volume I
Number 4030
Province Syria
Region Cilicia
Subregion Cilicia Pedias
City Aegeae
Reign Tiberius
Person (obv.) Tiberius (Augustus)
Magistrate Culleo (demarch)
Obverse design laureate head of Tiberius, left
Reverse design inscription in five lines in wreath
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 24 mm
Axis 12
Reference KM 427, no. 16; Haymann 2a-b
Specimens 7 (1 in the core collections)
Die-links 1, 4–5: same rev. die. 2–3, 6: same rev. die.
Note Culleo was identified by Imhoof-Blumer with Q. Terentius Culleo, cos. suff. in AD 40, but the view that he was a legate appointed by Germanicus in charge of 'Tarsus and the koinon' (J.P.V.D. Balson, JRS, 1974, p. 225) seems to rest entirely on inference from this coin; and, as noted in PW (col. 655: Terentius 46), the identification of the man names on the coin and the consul is not certain. It does, however, seem likely that the Culleo at Aegeae is a Roman official, as the coin also names a man, Δημάν(θης), who is obviously a local 'magistrate'. New specimens confirm that the coin is of Tiberius and that there is an obverse legend: ΤΙΒΕΡΙΟΥ ΚΑΙϹΑΡΟϹ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΟΥ. But the reading on specimen 3 is ΕΠΙ ΚΟΥΩΛΕΩΝΟϹ ΑΙΓΕΑΙΩΝ ΔΗΜ. The coin seems to have only the letters ΔΗΜ in the ligature, and re-examination of the original B coin suggests the same. If this is right, then the legend should perhaps be completed ΔΗΜ(αρχου); the name ‘Demanthes’ should be deleted, and Culleo regarded as the demarch of Aegeae rather than as a Roman official.
Correction Corrected coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     B: I-B KM, no. 16
2 2     ✸ Malloy 23 (1987), lot 37 = CNG EA 533, 22 Feb. 2023, lot 382
3 3     Afyon: 5256
4 4     Bergamo N. Vismara and R. Martini, Notizie Archeologiche Bergomensi 5 (1997), p. 240, no. 10
5 5     Winterthur: G 6287
6 6     Harvard: 1980.86.151 H.B. Wells coll.
7 7     Ares web auction 1, 23 Aug. 2019, lot 299