RPC II, 915 (forgery)


Image of specimen #1


Coin type
Volume II
Number 915 (forgery)
Province Asia
Subprovince Conventus of Pergamum
Region Mysia
City Perperene
Reign Domitian
Person (obv.) Domitian (Augustus)
Obverse design laureate head of Domitian, right
Reverse inscription ΠΕΡΠΕΡΗΝΙΩΝ
Reverse design Apollo standing left, holding branch and lyre
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 24 mm
Axis 12
Reference Barth & Stauber 30
Specimens 1 (1 in the core collections)
Note The style of the Berlin coin is odd, especially on the rev. The dotted border seems very heavy, while the style of the Apollo and the very bold and rude lettering seem unlike anything else from early Perperene, as a glance at Barth & Stauber's plates shows. Moreover, there are coins of Tralles (1096, BMC 132) which, apart from the rev. legend, are otherwise identical, including the pose of the figure on the rev. The coin is therefore regarded here as an old forgery, made by altering the legend on a coin of Domitian from Tralles (cf. the coin of Domitian from Docimeum, F1398). This view is not, however, accepted by Dr Barth.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     ✸ B: 18268799, B-I KM p. 506, no. 1