RPC I, 4381


Image of specimen #4


Coin type
Volume I
Number 4381
Province Syria
Region Syria
City Laodicea ad Mare
Reign Augustus
Person (obv.) Augustus
Obverse inscription ΚΑΙΣΑΡΟΣ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΥ, ΒΛ
Obverse design laureate head of Augustus, right
Reverse inscription ΙΟΥΛΙΕΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕΩΝ, ΣΕ Α (to l.), Φ[ (to r.)
Reverse design veiled bust of Tyche
Metal debased silver
Average diameter 26 mm
Reference BMC 30, Walker, Metrology I, 697, Prieur 1101
Specimens 4 (3 in the core collections)
Note AR 93%. If ΒΛ has been correctly read, and if it represents a year (the Neronian coins are dated), then the coin was minted in 16 BC. On the other hand, as pointed out by Walker, Metrology I, p. 81, n.43, the portrait would suggest a later date, about 5 BC.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     L BMC 30
2 2     V: GR 21712
3 3     P: 1113
4 4     ✸ Gemini III, 9 Jan. 2007, lot 339 (ex Freeman and Sear FPL 11, Spring/Summer 2006, lot 88)