RPC II, 676


Image of specimen #8


Coin type
Volume II
Number 676
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 inscription ΑΥΤ(Ο) ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟΣ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΣΕΒΑ(Σ) ΓΕΡ(Μ)(Α)
Obverse design laureate head of Domitian, r.
Reverse inscription ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ
Reverse design Eirene (?) standing, l., holding branch and cornucopia
Metal Brass
Average diameter 34 mm
Axis 6, 7
Specimens 8 (6 in the core collections)
Note The figure is very like that of Pax on the Latin coins with PAX AVGVST (RPC II, 501), and so has been identified here as Eirene. Neither the snake (RPC II, 677) nor the prow (RPC II, 678) is very appropriate for Eirene, though both occur with representations of Demeter; this is perhaps why Bosch (p. 183, no. 4) seems to have identified the figure as Demeter; but Demeter does not seem very likely, and Bosch refers to a similar type under Trajan with the legend Eirene. Both the snake and prow are perhaps in some sense 'issue-marks' rather than attributes of the deity represented as the main type (see RPC II, 680-2).

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     L: 1979,0101.1259 A 6912
2 2     NY: 1944.100.42364 Hess XII, lot 31
3 3     O
4 4     B: Löbb.
5 5     P: AA.GR.1388
6 6     C: ex uncertain
7 7     A. Tricarico coll. = G. Rohde VCoins 17287
8 8     ✸ Zeus Numismatics 1, 17 Nov. 2019, lot 155