RPC I, 5466


Image of specimen #1


Coin type
Volume I
Number 5466
Province Uncertain
Region Uncertain
City Uncertain
Reign Uncertain
Person (obv.) Uncertain
Obverse inscription ΣΕΒΑ
Obverse design bare head, right
Reverse inscription ΓΟΡΤ[ΥΝ]
Reverse design Artemis drawing bow, right, star in field, left
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 13 mm
Axis 6
Specimens 1 (1 in the core collections)
Note The coin was attributed to Gortyn under Augustus, but this attribution raises several problems: (1) Gortyn was not granted free status by Augustus and so seems unlikely to have issued coinage in its own name (cf. p. 228); (2)instead of ΣΕΒΑ, the obv. legend could be read ΣΥΡΑ; (3) the legend ΓΟΡΤΥΣ occurs on coins struck by the Koinon in the second century, but they represent the hero Gortys, not Artemis. Therefore any date betweenthe Triumviral period and the second century might be proposed, and even (conceivably) an attribution to the Arcadian Gortys, despite the provenance of the coin.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     ✸ L: 1947,0606.736 (Cameron) Cameron, NC 1949, 46, no. 52