RPC I, 5421

 

Image of specimen #11

 

Coin type
Volume I
Number 5421
Province Uncertain
Region Uncertain
City Uncertain
Reign Augustus
Person (obv.) Gaius Julius Caesar (Divus)
Person (rev.) Augustus
Obverse inscription ΘΕΟϹ
Obverse design bare head of Caesar, r.
Reverse inscription ϹΕΒΑϹΤΟΥ ΘΕ
Reverse design bare head of Augustus, r.
Metal Æ
Average diameter 20 mm
Average weight 7.28 g
Axis 6, 7
Reference BMC Thessalonica 61
Specimens 12
Note The attribution to Thessalonica was based on the general similarity with 1554-5, but has been rejected by I. Touratsoglou, Die Münzstätte von Thessaloniki in der römischen Kaiserzeit, p. 43, n. 69; the style is different, as is the die axis. As Touratsoglou has suggested, the piece should perhaps be associated with 5420, in view of the similar legend; the style of the two pieces, however, does not seem identical, and some doubt about the association remains. For a similar family group, see Apamea 2010–2010A­. It is not clear if ΘΕ refers to Θεός (if so, why omit the last two letters?), or is part of another word such as an ethnic (hence the original attribution to Thessalonica).

Specimens of this coin type

Number Museum Bibliography
1     L BMC Thessalonica 61
2     P: 1276
3     G Hunter 37
4     B: 51/1970
5     V: GR 27335/4
6     Mu: 72
7     P. Villemur coll. = CNG MBS 78, 14 May 2008, lot 1200
8     SNG Evelpidis 1327
9     Gorny & Mosch 191, 11 Oct. 2010, lot 1772
10     CNG 88, 14 Sept. 2011, lot 1112
11     ✸ CNG 108, 16 May 2018, lot 449 = CNG MBS 75, 23 May 2007, lot 798
12     Nomos obolos 15, 24 May 2020, lot 535