RPC II, 675


Image of specimen #2


Coin type
Volume II
Number 675
Province Bithynia-Pontus
Region Bithynia
City Prusias ad Hypium
Reign Domitian
Person (obv.) Domitian (Augustus)
Issue Coins without ethnic but probably of Prusias. Group A: ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ but no monogram
Obverse design laureate head of Domitian, right
Reverse inscription ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ
Reverse design Demeter standing, right, holding long sceptre; to left, uncertain object; uncertain figure in short chiton standing, left, holding cornucopia, clasping hands over altar; to right, tree
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 34 mm
Axis 12
Specimens 2 (1 in the core collections)
Note The vA coin was catalogued in SNG vA as a coin of Trajan, but both the portrait and the legend seem to be of Domitian, as is now confirmed by 2. The rev. of 1 was described as 'Demeter, zu Füssen Schlange, der ihn gegenuberstehenden Homonoia, mit Polos und Füllhorn, die Hand reichend, zwischen ihnen Altar'. The snake is not clear from the illustration, and there is no snake on /2, but Demeter is likely enough, as she appears on other coins of this group (RPC II, 679). The identification of the other figure as Homonoia is derived from the legend, but this is not descriptive as other coins show (e.g. 676ff.); the polos is perhaps a mural crown, and a cornucopia is, of course, appropriate for Tyche. For another issue of Tyche, see RPC II, 683. However, the short chiton is not appropriate for Tyche.
Correction Corrected coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     vA 6913
2 2     ✸ L: 1999,1007.2 ex Giessener Münzhandlung 97, 11 Oct. 1999, lot 736