RPC III, 4632


Image of specimen #2


Coin type
Volume III
Number 4632
Province Egypt
Region Egypt
City Alexandria
Reign Trajan
Person (obv.) Trajan (Augustus)
Issue L IE = year 15
Dating AD 111/12
Obverse inscription ΑΥΤ ΤΡΑΙΑΝ ϹΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ ΔΑΚΙΚ
Nominative Imperator Traianus Augustus Germanicus Dacicus
Obverse design laureate bust of Trajan, right, nude and with aegis on left shoulder
Reverse inscription L ΙΕ
Reverse design temple (Greco-Egyptian) with two columns enclosing a cart with a barge, on which rests a square shrine, surmounted by hawks, and enclosing uncertain object(s); to left, a standing figure
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 33 mm
Specimens 7 (1 in the core collections)
Note G.M. Staffieri and M. Tosi, ‘La barca sacra di Osiri nella monetazione alessandrina’, in (eds.). D. Gerin et al., Aegyptiaca Serta in Soheir Bakhoum Memoriam (Edizioni Ennerre, Milan, 2008), pp. 229-35: ‘tempio-tabernacolo della barca di Osiri: due colonne con capitello lotiforme sostegano un’architrave con frontone semicircolare. Tra le colonne, la barca sacra di Osiri adagiata su un carro a quattro ruote. Sulla barca, un piccolo tabernacolo’. They say that the design recurs in years 19 and 20, but see below. The design recurs on rare coins of Marcus Aurelius, year 16 (see RPC IV online, citing NY 1944.100.611341 and Münzhandlung Basel 6 (1936) lot 970; see also D3357-8, A Dem 2084). The object in the shrine on the coins of Trajan does not look like a mummy of Osiris (as on the coins of Aurelius), and is perhaps a representation of its external decoration (see e.g. the barge depicted by Staffieri and Tosi on their p. 235). A specimen was also described by D for year 19 (D1159: ‘[L I]Θ’), but the date is not clear on the rubbing in DS (and the obv. illegible), and it is probably safer to regard it as probably another coin of year 15. O815 is the same design, of year 20 (or possibly 19?) (= 4951.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     B: Löbb.
2 2     ✸ A: 106/196
3 3     DS1158
4 4     DS7277 = Naville 34, 17 Sept. 2017, lot 241 (Figari - Mosconi 198)
5 5     DS7278 = Naville Numismatics 80, 2 Apr. 2023, lot 430
6 6     M&M 1 (1997), lot 290
7 7     D1159 = Naville 47, 3 Mar. 2019, lot 274