RPC I, 5436A


Image of specimen #3


Coin type
Volume I
Number 5436A
Province Asia
Subprovince Conventus of Alabanda
Region Caria
City Cnidus
Reign Uncertain
Magistrate Apollonios
Obverse inscription
Obverse design veiled head of Demeter, right; in front, poppy
Reverse inscription ΚΝΙΔΙΩΝ ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝΙΟΣ
Reverse design Nike advancing, left, with wreath and palm
Metal leaded bronze
Average diameter 31 mm
Axis 12
Specimens 4 (1 in the core collections)
Note The coin is unlike coins of Thessalonica. Its large size and rev. type might suggest the influence of Rhodes. Presumably a legible specimen will one day be found. A broadly similar large coin depicting a veiled head was made at Patras, under Domitian (see p. 259).Neutron absorption analysis: Cu 82.97, Sn 4.53, Pb 14.41. Another clearer specimen is listed and illustrated in Mabbott 1715. This shows that the coin was made at Cnidus. The head on the obverse is of Demeter, with a poppy before; the reverse has the legends ΚΝIΔI[ΩΝ] and the magistrate’s name ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝIΟΣ. The Mabbott catalogue gives the date as 100BC; without a fuller study of the coins of Cnidus, the only way of dating would still seem to be the analogy of fabric with coins of Rhodes, of the first centuries BC and AD; see now D. Salzmann, ‘Unedierte Bronzen aus Knidos’, SM 172 (1993), pp. 85-7.
Correction Corrected coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     P: Thessalonica
2 2     Mabbott 1715 = Salzmann, p. 86, fig. 2
3 3     ✸ Künker 124, 16 Mar. 2007, lot 8010 (ex Künker 54, 2000, lot 1975)
4 4     CNG 123, 28 Sep. 2005, lot 99