RPC VII.2, 1841


Image of specimen #2


Coin type
Volume VII.2
Number 1841
Province Northern Black Sea
Region Bosporus
City Kingdom of the Bosporus
Reign Ininthimeos
Person (obv.) Ininthimeos (king)
Issue Undated bronze coinage
Dating AD 235–40
Obverse inscription ΒΑϹΙΛΕωϹ ΙΝΙΝΘΙΜΗΥΟΥ
Nominative Rex Ininthimeus
Obverse design confronted busts of Ininthimeus, laureate and draped, right, seen from front, and a goddess, left, wearing kalathos
Reverse inscription Β - *
Reverse design god (or goddess Aphrodite?) reclining left, holding patera (or apple?) in right hand
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 19 mm
Axis 1, 12
Reference Frolova I, p. 235, pl. LXI; Anokhin² 2020, 2024; MacDonald, Bosporus 599
Specimens 6 (0 in the core collections)
Note Frolova I, p. 235, identifies the figure on the rev. as the goddess of https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/type/3212. Anokhin sees a male figure and identifies him as Hercules (Anokhin² 2020, 2024), probably influenced by the earlier coins of Sauromates II. The problem is made difficult by the very poor craftsmanship of the coins, but a male figure is indeed a possibility on some dies. The figure is probably the usual goddess on Anokhin² 2025 and 2028. Anokhin² 2027 is doubtful (tooled coin?).

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     Cracow SNG 519
2 2     ✸ CNG EA 226, 27 Jan. 2010, lot 217
3 3     Frolova I, p. 235, A-a
4 4 –6     Frolova I, p. 235, K-n