RPC II, 2054

 

 

Coin type
Volume II
Number 2054
Province Syria
Region Phoenicia
City Sidon
Reign Vespasian
Issue Year 180
Dating AD 69/70
Obverse inscription ΑϚ
Obverse design turreted and veiled head of Tyche, r.; in front, aphlaston
Reverse inscription ΣΙΔΩΝΟΣ ΘΕΑΣ, ΠΡ (above)
Reverse design galley, l.; below, Phoenician inscription
Metal Æ
Average diameter 17 mm
Average weight 3.40 g
Reference Rouvier —
Specimens 1
Note According to Michael Robinson, this coin was misattributed by Baramki: "Baramki gives the reverse inscription as L ΠΡ for the date, which is untenable as the letter L should not be there. I believe the L is in fact E with the top missing, and the Π is a mis-read N. The inventory number for Baramki 156 is C 1038, which is out of place. C 1037 is Baramki 144 which is where I think it belongs. This is your type 4588 dated ENP = 155 = 44/5 AD. with letter A for the first semester. Another example is BMC Sidon 171 (Pl xxiii, 3) which weighs 3.37 gm, close to the 3.40 gm of Baramki 156. Another problem with the date 180 is that it is the only reported Sidon coin with this date, which seems highly unlikely".

Specimens of this coin type

Number Museum Bibliography
1     Beirut-AUB Baramki 156