RPC III, 2417


Image of specimen #1


Coin type
Volume III
Number 2417
Province Asia
Subprovince Conventus of Sardis
Region Lydia
City Maeonia
Reign Trajan
Person (obv.) Trajan (Augustus)
Magistrate Aelius Silon (strategos)
Nominative Imperator Caesar Nerva Traianus Augustus Germanicus Dacicus
Obverse design laureate and draped bust of Trajan, right
Reverse inscription ΕΠΙ ΑΙ ϹΕΙΛΩΝΟϹ ϹΤΡ ΜΑΙΟΝΩ
Reverse design Athena wearing crested helmet standing facing, head left, holding Nike on globe on her extended right hand, left resting on shield and spear
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 31 mm
Reference Hochard 1206
Specimens 1 (0 in the core collections)
Note Original comment: '"Seilôn’s praenomen might be read as N, instead of ΛΙ but the reading ΛΙ seems more likely, as stated by Leschhorn." However Hochard 1206 gives ΑΙ, and the newer specimens do seem to have Α rather than Λ, and Aelius seems a more likely name. Hochard (cf. 1293-4, 1296) suggest that his full name was Ailios Aurelios Seilon, because he reads ƐΠΙ ΑΙ ΑΥΡ ϹƐΙΛΩΝΟϹ ϹΤΡ on 2417A/4 (= Hochard 1293a). There is indeed one or more letters on this rather worn coin after ΑΙ, but ΑΙΛ seems the most likely. New discoveries may clarify.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     ✸ T. Buggey coll. = ex Plankenhorn coll. = Naumann 52, 3 Apr. 2017, lot 1071 = Agora 74, 5 June 2018, lot 90