RPC I, 4087A


Image of specimen #2


Coin type
Volume I
Number 4087A
Province Syria
Region Syria
City Sistripia
Reign Augustus
Person (obv.) Augustus
Obverse inscription
Obverse design bare head of Augustus, right, in left field monogram ΑΝΤ?
Reverse inscription ϹΙϹΤΡΙΠΕωΝ ΤΗϹ ΙΕΡΑϹ (in exergue)
Reverse design two altars?
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 18 mm
Axis 1
Specimens 3 (1 in the core collections)
Note Butcher comments (NC 2011, 77) that the coin appears to be a new type, a smaller denomination accompanying RPC I 4087. He points out that the reverse legend on the new type is much clearer, however, and must read something like ϹΙϹΤΡΙΠΙƐⲰΝ (or just possibly ƐΙϹΤΡΙΠΙƐⲰΝ; see enlargement at Plate 6, 10). No ethnic remotely like this can be identified in the ancient sources (including Stephanus of Byzantium), even allowing for differences in spelling. Butcher notes that the reverse type is difficult to identify with certainty, and the identification of two altars may be disproved by the discovery of a better specimen.
Addition Additional coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     Private coll. = K. Butcher, 'Miscellaneous Provincials', NC 171 (2011), p. 77 and pl. 6, 9
2 2     ✸ P: 2012.275 Künker 216, 8 Oct. 2012, lot 766
3 3     A. Kropp coll.