RPC I, 5488

 

Image of specimen #1

 

Coin type
Volume I
Number 5488
Province Uncertain
Region Uncertain
City Uncertain
Reign Tiberius
Person (obv.) Augustus (Divus) ; Livia (Diva)
Obverse inscription
Obverse design laureate head of Augustus (?), r.
Reverse inscription ΚΑΙ ΤΙΒΕΡΙΟΣ Κ[ ]
Reverse design Armenian tiara with five peaks
Metal Æ
Average diameter 23 mm
Axis 1, 8, 10, 12
Reference Kovacs 189
Specimens 9 (0 in the core collections)
Note J. Nurpetlian, NumCirc. 2013 recognises a Julio-Claudian portrait and a member of the imperial family on the obverse and offers different hypotheses: Augustus, Tiberius, Nero. F. Kovacs attributes this coin to the kingdom of Armenia, under the reign of Artaxias III (AD 18-35) (Armenian Numismatic Journal 10 (40), I (2014), p. 20. Formerly described as jugate heads of Augustus and Livia, but the 'Livia' seems the rsult of double striking.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     ✸ Kovacs coll. = Righetti coll.
2 2     Kovacs coll.
3 3     Pecunem Solidus 25, 16 Nov. 2014, lot 95
4 4     Private coll. = J. Nurpetlian, ‘An Intriguing Coin Type Depicting an Armenian Tiara’, NumCirc CXX, 3, Sept. 2013, pp. 75–6 = CNG 105, 10 May 2017, lot 586
5 5     Leu EA 6, 9 Dec. 2018, lot 337
6 6     Leu EA 7, 23 Feb. 2019, lot 488
7 7     Leu EA 8, 29 June 2019, lot 530 = Leu EA 13, 15 Aug. 2020, lot 491
8 8     Leu EA 12, 30 May 2020, lot 553
9 9     Roma Numismatics EA 105, 19 Jan. 2023, lot 567