RPC II, 1006

 

Image of specimen #1

 

Coin type
Volume II
Number 1006
Province Asia
Subprovince Conventus of Smyrna
Region Ionia
City Smyrna
Reign Vespasian
Person (obv.) Vespasian (Augustus)
Magistrate Agron Eusebes (strategos (and grammateus?)) ; Italicus (proconsul) ; Julia (without title)
Dating before AD 79
Obverse inscription ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΩΡ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ϹΕΒΑϹ ΟΥƐϹΠΑϹΙΑΝΟϹ
Obverse design laureate head of Vespasian, l.
Reverse inscription ΖΜΥΡΝΑΙ, [ ] ϹΤΡΑ ΑΓΡΩΝΟϹ ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤ[ ], [Α]ΚΡΑ[ΙΟϹ]
Reverse design Zeus seated, l., holding Nike and sceptre
Metal Æ
Average diameter 26 mm
Average weight 12.66 g
Axis 6
Reference Klose XXXV B
Specimens 2
Note The reading is not sure, though ΖΜΥΡΝΑΙ, [ ] ϹΤΡΑ ΑΓΡΩΝΟϹ ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤ[ ] seems clear on BMC 296. ΑΚΡΑΙΟϹ is plausible enough, repeating the epithet of Zeus from 996 (BMC 294). The problem, however, is the word ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤ[ ], since there is no suggestion of a grammateus on any of the other coins of this issue. Flavian coins seem to mention only the stephanephoros and the strategos, and none of the other coins of Smyrna mentions a grammateus. Klose's view (p. 74) was that Agron was both strategos and grammateus. The authenticity of the L piece is not certain (although the arrangement of the rev. legend is different from that of Bolanus' coins with the similar rev. design, from which these rare pieces might otherwise have been altered).

Specimens of this coin type

Number Museum Bibliography
1     ✸ L BMC 296
2     V see Klose