RPC II, 1004


Image of specimen #4


Coin type
Volume II
Number 1004
Province Asia
Subprovince Conventus of Smyrna
Region Ionia
City Smyrna
Reign Vespasian
Magistrate Marcus Vettius Bolanus (proconsul)
Dating after AD 73
Obverse inscription ΘΕΑΝ ΡΩΜΗΝ
Obverse design turreted bust of Roma, right
Reverse inscription ΕΠΙ ΒΩΛΑΝΟΥ
Reverse design Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm
Metal bronze
Average diameter 16 mm
Axis 12
Reference BMC Pergamum 222; Stumpf 324
Specimens 4 (3 in the core collections)
Note Not a complete listing. This must be an issue of Smyrna (even though it is not included by Klose and though H. von Fritze, Die Münzen von Pergamon, pp. 94-5, was not against an attribution to Pergamum on grounds of style). There is no other coinage signed by Bolanus at Pergamum, whereas there is at Smyrna. A standing Roma occurs on the Neronian coinage of Smyrna (RPC I, 2481) and a figure of Nike is also standard at Smyrna (RPC I, 2465, 2473, 2476, 2486). The coins can therefore be regarded as a smaller denomination corresponding to the coins bearing Bolanus' name for Vespasian and Titus/Domitian (996-1003).

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     L Pergamum BMC 222
2 2     L Pergamum BMC 223
3 3     P: 1148 (Pergamum)
4 4     ✸ A. Tricarico coll. (ex Concordia Numismatics 5, 17 June 2023, lot 427)