RPC II, 685


Image of specimen #5


Coin type
Volume II
Number 685
Province Bithynia-Pontus
Region Bithynia
City Prusias ad Hypium
Reign Domitian
Person (obv.) Domitian (Augustus)
Issue Coins without ethics but probably Prusias. Group B: German victories
Obverse design laureate head of Domitian, right
Reverse inscription ΔΕΔΟΥΛΟΜΕΝΗ ΣΕΒΑ ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΩ, ΓΕΡΜΑΝΙΑ (in field)
Reverse design captive standing, left, with hands bound behind back
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 23 mm
Axis 6, 7
Specimens 6 (3 in the core collections)
Note Drager p. 133 interpretedthe design as a reference to the German victory of 83. The P coin wasdescribed and discussed by E. Babelon, RN1917-IS, pp. 25-44. He correctlydeduced that the rev. legend was a translation of Germania capta, referred thedesign to the campaign of 85 (he was not aware of 686) and commented onthe incorrect form of the participle (p. 26, note 1), for which the curiousspelling ΠΡΟΤΗ on coins of Nicomedia provides a sort of parallel. Babelon alsocompared the design with that found on a Julio-Claudian relief in Trieste,originally found at Koula, near Philadelphia in Lydia. Most interestingly, healso attributed the coin to Prusias ad Hypium; it was found with a group ofBithynian coins, including others of Prusias, with which it had an 'aspectidentique par la fabrique, les caracteres epigraphiques, l'epaisseur du flan, lapatine verdiitre et rugueuse'. The countermark on 3 confirms this view.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     P: N 4257 RN 1917–18, p. 25 with pl. I.1
2 2     B: 18268525, 416/1925
3 3     B: 18268526, 869/1901
4 4     Gotha cast in Winterthur (housed under Tavium)
5 5     ✸ Solidus Numismatic Premium Auction 35, 28 Oct. 2018, lot 65
6 6     A. Tricarico coll. (ex Gorny and Mosch 270, 12 Mar 2020, lot 2256)