RPC II, 1338

 

Image of specimen #9

 

Coin type
Volume II
Number 1338
Province Asia
Subprovince Conventus of Sardis
Region Lydia
City Philadelphia
Reign Domitian
Person (obv.) Domitian (Augustus)
Magistrate Fl Praxeas (first archon, priest of five priesthoods for life, epemeletes)
Obverse inscription ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΩΡ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟϹ
Obverse design laureate head of Domitian, r.
Reverse inscription ƐΠΙ ΦΛ ΠΡΑΞƐΟΥ ΑΡΧ ΠΡ ΙƐΡƐWϹ ΙƐΡWϹΥΝ Ɛ ΔΙΑ ΒΙΟΥ, ΦΛ(ΑΒΙ) ΦΙΛΑΔƐΛΦƐ(WΝ)
Reverse design turreted goddess seated, l., holding animal on her knees; to l., lion
Metal Æ
Average diameter 19 mm
Average weight 5.22 g
Axis 6, 12
Reference Cop 376
Specimens 13 (6 in the core collections)
Die-links 1, 3, 6: same obv. die.
Note The goddess is presumably Mother Anaitis, principal goddess of Philadelphia (see Robert, Monnaies grecques, cf. 1330). The description of the reverse type omitted that the seated goddess holds an animal on her knees, maybe a stag.
Correction Corrected coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Museum Bibliography
1     P: 976
2     Cop SNG 376
3     B: Fox
4     B: Löbb KM p. 180, no. 5, pl. VI, 10
5     B: B-I GRMK p. 127, no. 8
6     NY: 1944.100.49352
7     Lindgren III, 501
8     Aufhäuser 12, 1996, lot 515
9     ✸ J. Clark coll.
10     CGT coll.
11     Naumann 92, 2 Aug. 2020, lot 498 = Naumann 98, 3 Jan. 2021, lot 529
12     A. Tricarico coll.
13     Helios 5, 25 June 2010, lot 824