RPC I, 4980


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Coin type
Volume I
Number 4980
Province Judaea
Region Syria
City Gaba
Reign Agrippa I
Person (obv.) Agrippa I (king)
Obverse inscription ΓΑ ΒΑΣ
Obverse design in wreath
Reverse inscription
Reverse design temple with four columns
Metal Æ
Average diameter 14 mm
Average weight 2.68 g
Axis 12
Specimens 2
Note The rev. appears to depict the same building atPaneas, as on coins of Philip. This unique small bronze appears to be acoin of Agrippa, minted at Paneas in the reign of Caligula. Its attributionto Paneas is based on the temple rev. (RPC I, 4939, etc.). S. Qedar has suggestedto us that the obv. legend refers to the (Emperor) Ga(ius) and King(Agrippa); this is not entirely convincing, but it is hard to see analternative. One might also have expected a date on a coin of Agrippa.The denomination does occur on Paneas coins of the end of Philip's reign(e.g., RPC I, 4953). Meshorer, Addendum publishes a specimen on which he reads LB. D. B. Hendin and R. Bachar, ‘A So-Called Agrippa I Coin Reattributed to Gaba’, INR 11 (2016),pp. 119-26. plausibly reattribute the coin from Caesarea Paneas to Gaba, perhaps in the late first century AD.
Correction Corrected coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Museum Bibliography
1     Private coll. = J. Maltiel-Gerstenfeld, New Catalogue of Ancient Jewish Coins, no. 137
2     ✸ Heritage Long Beach Signature Sale 3042, 17 Sept. 2015, lot 29146