RPC I, 511


Image of specimen #1


Coin type
Volume I
Number 511
Province Gallia Lugdunensis
Region Gaul
City Lugdunum
Reign Roman Republic
Magistrate Lucius Munatius Plancus
Dating end of 43 BC
Obverse inscription COPIA FELIX
Obverse design turret head of the city goddess with cornucopia
Reverse inscription MVNATIA
Reverse design a galloping bull, left, checked by Hercules; in the field, right, a club
Metal bronze
Average diameter 16 mm
Axis 2, 5
Reference FITA 206–7, Giard 1
Specimens 4 (1 in the core collections)
Note For a new interpretation of the reverse of this coin, see A. Desbat (ed), Lugdunum naissance d’une capitale (2005), pp. 47-9: Hercules fights against Acheloos, the river-god who changed himself into a furious bull. Hercules offered to the goddess Copia one of its horns, hence the name cornucopia. Thanks to Nicolas Dubreu for providing photos of specimen 4.
Correction Corrected coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     ✸ P: F 9914 FITA, pl. VII, 24
2 2     Coll. P. C. Vian
3 3     Pommiers
4 4     Musée Lugdunum: 2003.1.019 A. Audra, ‘Trouvaille d’une monnaie de L. Munatius Plancus sur le site dit du ‘sanctuaire de Cybèle’ à Lyon (5e)’, BSFN 61, 10, Dec. 2006, pp. 265–6