RPC II, 2261


Image of specimen #4


Coin type
Volume II
Number 2261
Province Judaea
Region Galilaea
City Tiberias
Reign Titus
Person (rev.) Agrippa II (king)
Issue Year 19
Dating AD 79
Obverse inscription ϹΕΒΑϹΤΗ
Obverse design veiled female head, right
Reverse inscription L ΙΘ Β Α
Reverse design anchor
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 13 mm
Axis 12
Reference Meshorer 21
Specimens 5 (0 in the core collections)
Note Meshorer and Samel thought the female head was aposthumous portrait of Livia, which seems unlikely and can also be rejectedsince it has the wrong hairstyle for Livia. N. Kokkinos, Liber Annuus 35 (1985),pp. 303-6 has implausibly suggested that this is a coin of the city of Sebasteand dated by a regnal year of Herod. On this series, see now A. Burnett, ‘Wife, Sister, or Daughter?’, INR 6 (2011), pp. 121-5. The female head labelled CEBACTH on coins of Agrippa II of year 19 is interpreted as Julia, the daughter of the Emperor Titus, and all the coinage of Agrippa II, apart from the Latin series of years 25-26, is to be attributed to Tiberias, according to the late Alla Kushnir-Stein
Correction Corrected coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     Private coll. = Meshorer pl. 13, 21
2 2     J. Samel coll. = Das Heilige Land no. 176 = Künker 334, 17 Mar. 2020, lot 2153
3 3     IMJ Sofaer 207
4 4     ✸ CNG 118, 13 Sept. 2021, lot 765 = Shoshana Collection (Part I, Heritage 3003, 8 March 2012), lot 20178
5 5     Roma Numismatics EA 116, 18 Jan. 2024, lot 547