RPC I, 4505B


Image of specimen #7


Coin type
Volume I
Number 4505B
Province Syria
Region Phoenicia
City Orthosia
Reign Claudius
Person (obv.) Claudius (Augustus)
Issue Year 354
Dating 42/3
Obverse inscription L Δ (in l. field), Ν [Τ?] (in r. field)
Obverse design laureate head of Claudius, left
Reverse inscription ΟΡΘΩϹΙΕΩΝ
Reverse design Baal of Orthosia standing on two winged lions with horns, and holding cone-shaped object
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 20 mm
Axis 12
Specimens 5 (1 in the core collections)
Note RPC I, p. 645, was sceptical about Seyrig’s attribution of this type to the reign of Tiberius. Seyrig based his attribution on ill- preserved specimens to year 4 of Tiberius. In 2006, A. Ronde published a coin belonging to his collection on which the date L Δ/Ν (54) was clear and also attributed the coin to the reign of Tiberius, dating it according to the Actium era to AD 23/24. On the specimen auctioned by CNG 75, N is absolutely clear and is likely followed by another letter, probably a Τ, which gives the year 354 of the Seleucid era, making this coin of Claudian date (AD 42/3), an attribution confirmed by Claudius' portrait on the obverse. For the cone-shaped object, see A. Kropp, RBN  2021, p. 176.
Addition Additional coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     CNG MBS 75, 23 May 2007, lot 857
2 2     Ronde coll. = BSFN 61.9 (Nov. 2006), p. 238
4 4     Richard McAlee coll. = CNG MBS 66, 19 May 2004, lot 1264
5 5     P: Seyrig A. Kropp, RBN 2021, p. 171, note 94
7 7     ✸ Leu EA 20, 25 June 2022, lot 2058