RPC IV.4, 2248


Image of specimen #2


Coin type
Volume IV.4
Number 2248
Province Egypt
Region Egypt
City Alexandria
Reign Antoninus Pius
Person (obv.) Antoninus Pius (Augustus)
Issue Uncertain year
Dating AD 138/61
Obverse inscription ΤΙ [Α]Ι ΑΔΡ [ΑΝΤΩΝΙΝΟ]Ϲ [ ] (?)
Obverse design laureate-headed bust of Antoninus Pius wearing paludamentum, right
Reverse inscription [ ]
Reverse design two serpents facing each other (to left, Agathodaemon; to right, Uraeus); between, kalathos(?) on column(?)
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 28 mm
Axis 12
Reference D 3082, DS 8940
Specimens 2 (0 in the core collections)
Note The obverse inscription is difficult to read. An obverse die with some similarities but a different legend occurs in year 24: https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/type/24453. On the reverse there is something between the two serpents. This may be a column, possibly topped by a kalathos, cf. RPC III, 4682; 4741; 4805; 5356; 6186. The type of two serpents but without the column is known for year 17 (for Marcus Caesar and Faustina II). Dattari read the Z of the date but it is not visible from the digital image or the rubbing in DS. This type probably belongs in the same year as https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/type/23870, which also has a column between the serpents. It may belong in year 17 but the obverse inscription suggests a later date, quite possibly year 24.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     D 3082
2 2     ✸ DS 8940 = Naville Numismatics 55, 9 Feb. 2020, lot 331