RPC VI, 30434 (temporary)


Image of specimen #1


Coin type
Volume VI
Number 30434 (temporary)
Province Syria Phoenice
Region Syria
City Damascus
Reign Elagabalus
Person (obv.) Julia Paula (Augusta)
Obverse inscription ΚΟΡΝ[
Obverse design draped bust of Julia Paula (?), right
Reverse inscription [ ]
Reverse design shrine with four columns and arcuated lintel; within, bust of Astarte left; in ex., uncertain object
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 20 mm
Axis 12
Specimens 1 (0 in the core collections)
Note Confirmation required. The way the bust in the shrine faces l. suggests Damascus, rather than Tyre. The object in the rev. exergue might be a ram? ΚΟΡΝ[    cannot be Salonina, as the city had become a colony. So Julia Paula seems to be the most likely at the moment, even though no coins are otherwise attested for her from Damascus. A. Kropp has supported the attribution to Damascus, pointing out that 'the object in the exergue is a ram’s head, Damascus’ customary mintmark (see e.g. vol. 8 ID 26782; 26849 etc.). Further, the shrine depicted here is specific to Damascus (unique distinctive roof shape) and regularly depicted on Severan Damascus coins.'

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     ✸ CGT coll.