of others has got me interested in the repertory of Herakles types
. I found a photo of one that had
not been fully accessioned: the name of Philippopolis
is barely legible and there have been times when my favorite camera was unavailable--something like that. After several hours trying to identify the coin (though it is an obverse
die that Philippopolis
used, there is also evidence of Thracian mints sharing obverse
dies, especially in the time of Barbaros), I went through my Philippopolis
box and found the coin itself.Varbanov III
, no. 1161, provided just the right description: Herakles
has the Nemean Lion
's skin over his
r. forearm and holds three apples (Varbanov
says only 'apple
') on his
right hand and his weight
is, nominally, on his
, and he looks to the left. That means that almost every signifier is at our left; at our right, his
is akimbo and props his
long club (on a rock): Mushmov/Varbanov said on a rock; it is not really clear on the present coin.
It is not merely Mushmov's Big Book (1912, where it is no. 5289) but in the Philippopolis
(Plovdiv Archaeolgical Museum) catalog
of 1924, no. 275, which is not the same kind of general book as the Big Book. There is no published photo or drawing of this coin that I can find, and so I am posting it here, better late than never. (When I am finished with the sorting of Herakles
, I'll post that both here, if Joe thinks it worthy of Numiswiki
, and among my Opera Nobilia blog posts, where I can easily add to it. For now, having the extremely swaying pose but with the club at our right and the apples and lion
skin at our left, this one is exceptional and interesting.
Also, if anyone has another, a double die match, it would be good
to see it as well. I do wish SOMEONE would publish the Severan Philippopolis
is important to the formation of the Moesia
•• AE 28 13.20gr axis
6h. AV K L SE VÊROS (the legend
at left needs lots of help
, who must be using Mushmov 1924).Rev.
ÊG ST [BAR
0V PhILIPPOPOL and in exergue
EITÔN (to the best of my ability). Rotated in good
light, the coin does clearly exhibit that big, broad Phi. The epsilons are round-backed.
My present camera got about all I can see with a 10X loupe. Do CLICK TO ZOOM!
If, as seems to be the case, the obverse
die of this coin is the same as that of Varbanov III
, no. 1883, and V. correctly calls that one's obv. legend his type
E, they both ought to end in P for Pertinax
, which would not be exceptional. I cannot certainly make out the P either on mine or on the illustration for V. no. 1183, but they do seem to be the very same die, while the obv.
die of no. 1161 is given as type
without P, and I cannot check the specimen in the Philippopolis
Archaeological Museum. Does anyone know whether the end of the legend
is clearer on the Plovdiv A M specimen?