RPC VI, 4510 (temporary)

 

Image of specimen #1

 

Coin type
Volume VI
Number 4510 (temporary)
Province Asia
Subprovince Conventus of Sardis
Region Lydia
City Sardis
Reign Elagabalus
Person (obv.) Severus Alexander (Caesar)
Magistrate Soulpikios Hermophilos (first archon for the second time)
Issue Group 2
Obverse inscription Μ ΑΥΡ ΑΛƐΞΑΝΔΡΟϹ ΚΑΙϹ
Obverse design bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Severus Alexander, r., seen from rear
Reverse inscription ƐΠI ϹΟΥΛΠ ƐΡΜΟΦΙΛΟΥ ΑΡΧ Α ΤΟ Β, ΑΛƐΙΑ ƐΛΑΓΑΒΑΛƐΙΑ СΑΡΔΙΑNΩΝ Γ ΝƐΩΚΟΡΩΝ
Reverse design within laurel wreath
Metal Æ
Average diameter 30 mm
Average weight 13.83 g
Axis 6
Reference GRPCL 619, Hochard 2080b corr.
Specimens 2
Note J.-Y. Strasser, 'Le mariage éphémère d'Hélios et de Koré à Sardes', RN 2020, pp. 127-64. ΑΛƐΙΑ ƐΛΑΓΑΒΑΛƐΙΑ = Heliaia Elagabalaeia identifies the festival as that of Sol Elagabalus, and explains why Helios appears several times on the coinage of Elagabalus at Sardis.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Museum Bibliography
1     ✸ Harvard: 1984.811.33
2     Private coll. = Savoca Blue 111, 28 Aug. 2021, lot 1079