RPC I, 517A


Image of specimen #2


Coin type
Volume I
Number 517A
Province Gallia Narbonensis
Region Gaul
City Vienne
Reign Roman Republic
Person (obv.) Octavian (imperator)
Issue 30-25 BC
Obverse inscription IMP DIVI F
Obverse design bare head of Octavian, right
Reverse inscription C I V
Reverse design prow with superstructure, right
Metal leaded bronze
Average diameter 28 mm
Axis 11
Specimens 2 (0 in the core collections)
Note 517A/1 belonged to de Saulcy and was first published by L. de la Saussaye, Numismatique de la Gaule Narbonnaise (1842), p. 129 no. 3 and pl. XV. It is briefly mentioned by A. Pelletier, Vienne antique (1982) p. 37 n. 3, but obviously Pelletier thought the coin might be a modern forgery. Metal analysis by neutron absorption reveals the presence of a high percentage of antimony (1.42%), which is the characteristic of the metal used by coins of Vienne. As the portrait of Octavian conforms to the style of his other portraits on Gallic issues, this coin, though curious, is probably genuine. A date of c. 30-25 is proposed517A/2 surfaced recently in a private collection, from different dies. This coin was also analysed by the Centre E. Babelon at Orléans and the results are coherent with the analysis performed on 517A/1.
Addition Additional coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     Lyon M. Amandry, ‘Une monnaie oubliée de la Colonia Iulia Viennensis’, BSFN 1996/6, pp. 106–8
2 2     ✸ CGB Live Auction Sept. 2020, lot 611780 (ex Alphonse coll.)