RPC I, 5106


Image of specimen #2


Coin type
Volume I
Number 5106
Province Egypt
Region Egypt
City Alexandria
Reign Caligula
Person (obv.) Caligula (Augustus)
Issue LΓ = year 3
Dating AD 38/9
Obverse inscription L Γ
Obverse design radiate head of Caligula
Reverse inscription ΓΑΙΟΥ
Reverse design crescent
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 11 mm
Axis 12
Reference Savio, no. 1
Specimens 4 (3 in the core collections)
Note For a discussion of the identity of the obv. head, see introduction. A coin is cited in the note from D108, with the comment (see also RPC p. 698) that the date is more likely to be year 3 than the year 4 given in D’s text. DS 108 shows that the date is actually off flan! There is thus no evidence for pieces of year 4. See A. Burnett, 'The Alexandrian coinage of Caligula', in D. Gerin, A. Geissen and M. Amandry (eds), Aegyptiaca serta in Soheir Bakhoum memoriam. Mélanges de numismatique, d’iconographie et d’histoire, Collezioni Numismatiche 7 (Milano, 2008), pp. 45-7.
Correction Corrected coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     L: 1864,1118.269 BMC 34
2 2     ✸ B: 18233758 ZfN 1885, 378, no 2 with line drawing
3 3     B: 18233759, 4353
4 4     DS 108