RPC II, 903

 

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Coin type
Volume II
Number 903
Province Asia
Subprovince Conventus of Adramyteum
Region Troas
City Scepsis
Reign Vespasian
Person (obv.) Vespasian (Augustus)
Obverse inscription ϹΕΒΑϹΤΟϹ
Obverse design laureate head of Vespasian (?), r.
Reverse inscription ϹΚΗΨΙ
Reverse design facing bust of Dionysus (with horns), holding flowers (?) in hand
Metal Leaded bronze
Average diameter 16 mm
Average weight 3.09 g
Axis 6, 12
Specimens 15
Die-links 2–5: same pair of dies. 6–8: same rev. die.
Note These coins are usually attributed to Vespasian, but Titus cannot be ruled out. The portrait on 7 is most like Vespasian, and 7 is from the same rev. dies as 6 and 8. On 6-8 Dionysus bust seems only facing, whereas on 1-5 he seems to have his hands raised; the l. is empty and the r. holding something (a flower?). It is possible that RPC I, 2327, attributed to an Uncertain emperor (Tiberius?) is in fact a Flavian coin.
Correction Corrected coin-type (post publication)

Specimens of this coin type

Number Museum Bibliography
1     L: 1940,1001.166
2     L: 1979,0101.1664 vA 7655: 'Pan'
3     Mu SNG 332
4     B: I-B
5     B: 889/1876
6     L: 1899,0703.185
7     P: 872 Wa 1221
8     B: Löbb
9     Lindgren I, 316
10     Winterthur: 2785
11     Plankenhorn coll.
12     Plankenhorn coll. = A.T. Tek and M. Arslan, in R. Ashton (ed.), Studies in Ancient Coinage from Turkey (London, 1996), p. 24, no. 104
13     ✸ Kölner Münzkabinett e-Auction 2, 1 Jan. 2017, lot 129
14     CGT coll. (ex Agora Auctions Numismatic 64, 24 Jan. 2017, lot 107)
15     A. Tricarico coll. (ex Savoca Blue 111, 28 Aug. 2021, lot 1002)