RPC I, 4768


Image of specimen #4


Coin type
Volume I
Number 4768
Province Syria
Region Syria
City Chalcis ad Belum
Reign Roman Republic
Magistrate Lysanias
Issue Lysanias Year 272, crude style
Dating 40 BC
Obverse inscription ΠΤΟ
Obverse design diademed head, right
Reverse inscription ΒΟϹ (ΑΥϹΑΝΙΟΥ) (ΑΡΧΙΕΡΕ)
Reverse design Nike standing, left, with wreath and palm; various monograms
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 20 mm
Axis 12
Specimens 11 (3 in the core collections)
Note The inscription and monograms on the rev. come in various forms: (a) ΛΥϹΑΝΙΟΥ ΑΡΧΙƐΡƐ ΤƐ; same monogram as countermarked as 4470; (b) ΛΥϹΑΝΙΟΥ ΤƐΤΡ ΑΡΧ ΙΦ; (c) as (b), but retrograde monograms and date; no ΙΦ; (d) ΛϹΑ ΤƐΤΡ ΑΡΧ ΦΙ; and (e) ΦΙ ΑϹΑ ΤƐΤΡ ΑΡΧ. Many more specimens in trade and JSW. One would expect the portrait to be that of Lysanias, but the Πτο monogram behind the head (here and on 4770) suggests that it may in fact be a posthumous portrait of Ptolemy. It seems an odd place, for instance, to put a patronymic. It is surprising that the portrait has a diadem, as neither Ptolemy nor Lysanias had the rank of king.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     L: 1986,0434.12
2 2     P: Seyrig
3 3     P: Seyrig
4 4     ✸ Leeds-UL: 1205
5 5     IMJ Sofaer 31
6 6     IMJ Sofaer 32
7 7     IMJ Sofaer 33
8 8     IMJ Sofaer 34
9 9     IMJ Sofaer 35
10 10     IMJ Sofaer 36
11 11     Savoca Numismatik GmbH & Co. KG Silver 97, 14 March 2021, lot 364