RPC II, 1303

 

Image of specimen #5

 

Coin type
Volume II
Number 1303
Province Asia
Subprovince Conventus of Cibyra
Region Phrygia
City Hierapolis
Reign Uncertain
Person (obv.) Titus (Augustus)
Dating Titus?
Obverse inscription ΤΙΤΟΣ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ
Obverse design draped and laureate head of Titus, r.
Reverse inscription ΙΕΡΑΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ ΣΩΣΤΡΑΤΟΣ [ ]
Reverse design Tyche standing, l., with rudder and cornucopia; in l. field, uncertain object
Metal Æ
Average diameter 21 mm
Average weight 5.47 g
Axis 1, 12
Specimens 5 (0 in the core collections)
Note Imhoof-Blumer says that there is also an 'undeutlicher Name auf zwei Zeilen rechts'. It is conceivable that this might be one of the names which appears on the coins of Vespasian, in which case the coin would belong to his reign (a draped bust would also be appropriate then). However, the letters were read by H. Bloesch, Winterthur II, no. 4126 as ΣΘΙ ... ΣΟΥ... It may, however, be that the letters are actually the other way up and end with the letters ΟΣ and ΙΟΥ, though this is far from certain. Imhoof-Blumer interpreted the object in the field as a Ϙ; if so it would be a numeral (90), and its significance would not be clear, though ninety years before this the first issues of Hierapolis under Augustus and Fabius Maximus (RPC I, 2929-42) were minted. Bloesch, however, interpreted it as 'ein Stierkopf mit aufgesetzer Mondsichel'.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Museum Bibliography
1     Winterthur: G 4126 KM p. 241, no. 29a = GrMW II, 4126
2     A. Tricarico coll. (ex Savoca 21 Blue, 2019, lot 841)
3     Themis 9, 28 Mar. 2021, lot 445
4     R. Effler coll. (ex Savoca 105, 12-13 June 2021, lot 1310)
5     ✸ Leu EA 17, 14 Aug. 2021, lot 1720