RPC I, 4609A


Image of specimen #3


Coin type
Volume I
Number 4609A
Province Syria
Region Phoenicia
City Sidon
Reign Augustus
Person (obv.) Augustus
Issue Year 123
Dating AD 12/13
Obverse inscription Η Χ
Obverse design bare head of Augustus, right
Reverse inscription ΣΙΔΩΝΙΩΝ
Reverse design Europa on bull galloping, left Date illegible
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 23 mm
Axis 12
Specimens 3 (1 in the core collections)
Note The importance of this type lies in the letters behind the head. On 2 they look like E on its side above an X, but this is possibly because of a die break obscuring the correct reading (clear on 1), which is H above X. Together with the similar letters on 4610 and 4577, the letters here can stand only for 8 chalkoi; the letters on 4610 are for 6 chalkoi and on 4577 for 4 chalkoi. The date on 4609A is not clear, but is probably year 123, since this is the date on 4610 and 4577, and since the bare head and style of the reverse suggest the late Augustan period. Curiously these coins show that the chalkous at Sidon was half the weight of the chalkous further north, at Antioch (see RPC I, p. 623); but there may have been more chalkoi to the Sidonian obol.
Addition Additional coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     trade (1991)
2 2     NY: 1944.100.61675
3 3     ✸ P. Villemur coll. = CNG EA 181, 6 Feb. 2008, lot 310