RPC II, 1721C


Image of specimen #2


Coin type
Volume II
Number 1721C
Province Cilicia
Region Cilicia
Subregion Cilicia Trachea
City Olba
Reign Vespasian
Obverse inscription
Obverse design helmeted head of Athena (?), right
Reverse inscription ΟΛΒΕΩΝ
Reverse design spear between caps of Dioscuri surmounted by stars
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 18 mm
Axis 1, 12
Reference Staffieri 42
Specimens 2 (0 in the core collections)
Note A comment from Leu: SNG Levante dates this issue to the Roman Imperial times (following Staffieri) but the style, fabric and transversal ethnic do look earlier. It may have been struck sometime in the 1st century BC, before the Teukrid priest-kings appear on Olba's coinage, with the obverse type reflecting the increasing Roman influence in the era.
Correction Corrected coin-type (post publication)
Addition Additional coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     Levante 648 = CNG EA 134, 1 Mar. 2006, lot 102
2 2     ✸ Leu EA 5, 23 Sept. 2018, lot 311