RPC III, 4431


Image of specimen #1


Coin type
Volume III
Number 4431
Province Egypt
Region Egypt
City Alexandria
Reign Trajan
Person (obv.) Trajan (Augustus)
Issue L IΓ = year 13
Dating AD 109/10
Obverse inscription ΑΥΤ ΤΡΑΙΑΝ ϹƐΒ ΓƐΡΜ ΔΑΚΙΚ
Nominative Imperator Traianus Augustus Germanicus Dacicus
Obverse design laureate bust of Trajan, r., draped and cuirassed, seen from rear
Reverse inscription L ΙΓ
Reverse design Selene (?) in facing biga of uncertain animals (?) holding torch (?)
Metal Æ
Average diameter 35 mm
Average weight 26.21 g
Specimens 1
Note There are two coins numbered 7170 on DS plate 51; this is the second one (row 2 coin 6). The placing of the coin on DS plate 51 suggests that Dattari thought the figure was Sarapis. A bust of Sarapis appears (with a kalathos) on a deer biga on coins of year 12. On the other hand, the figure looks female. If one could see clearly what is being held, then the identification would be simpler. Emmett 598 interpreted the figure as Selene holding a torch, but he now comments (in litt.) that he thinks it might be year 13. Eos holding a torch and with a horse occurs for Lucius Verus. The date of this coin was thought probably to be 13, although LΙΓ had been added by pencil to the rubbing of the coin in DS; this now seems confirmed by the appearance of the coin in the Naville sale.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Museum Bibliography
1     ✸ DS7170 = Naville 43, 23 Sept. 2018, lot 259