RPC I, 5417


Image of specimen #1


Coin type
Volume I
Number 5417
Province Uncertain
Region Uncertain
City Uncertain
Reign Augustus
Person (obv.) Augustus
Magistrate Marcus Vehilius Turpilianus(?) (duovir quinquennalis) ; Priscus (duovir)
Obverse inscription IMP CAESARIS • A • TR • P M[VP]IVS
Obverse design bare head, left
Reverse inscription M VEHILIVS [TVR]PIL • PRIS • IIVQ
Reverse design plough; in the field, D D
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 22 mm
Axis 1
Reference FITA 152–3
Specimens 1 (1 in the core collections)
Note This unique coin lies among the coins of Buthrotum in the B collection, but its style has nothing in common with the Buthrotum series, as stated by Grant, FITA, p. 152, n. 5. The presence of the names of duoviri quinquennales on the reverse suggests a colonial or a municipal coinage. Grant offered the reading M.VEHIL.TVS[ ]TVRPIL.PRIS, suggesting the names M. Vehilius Tus(cus) (?) and Turpilianus Priscus. But no dot is visible between L and what Grant takes for a T, and it is possible that the name VEHILIVS is written in full, instead of the more complicated reading VEHIL.TVS.Anyway there is no room for any letters between . . .] VS and TVRPIL. Grant proposed a Sardinian origin for this coin for the following reasons: (I) the curious form of the plough, also found at Turris Libisonis (622); (2) the occurrence of the rare name Vehilius on an inscription also from Turris Libisonis (GIL X, 7967). He might be right, but the legend which he deciphered as MVPIVS is far from certain and his interpretation as MV(nicipium) P(ium) I(ulium) VS(elis) highly conjectural. Therefore this Augustan coin is here considered as uncertain, though a western origin (Sardinia or Sicily) looks the most plausible.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     ✸ B: Rauch FITA, pl. VI, 5