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Recently acquired Lucilla provincial types.

Michael Stolt

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Hello everyone!

Thanks for all the nice replies with lovely coins in my previous post covering the imperial types of Lucilla in my collection 😊

Today I am sharing the provincial types of Lucilla, that I have acquired over the past few months. She is not very easy to collect in this area, as many types are quite rare due to her short tenure as Augusta.  

I'll introduce them with a little group photo, individual photos of each coin and more info is available further below.



The two most recent acquisitions are quite special. I managed to win a quite intense bid war for a fantastic Alexandrian tetradrachm at Triton XXVII, that also has the best possible provenance for such a coin, ex. Giovanni Dattari. This gives the coin a pre World War II pedigree and a very interesting history, it is also extremely rare, only four known specimens, and it is the only one available on the market, as the other three reside in museums.

I also managed to pick up an extremely rare drachm minted at Edessa last week, it is in an uncleaned state, and will be sent for cleaning to hopefully improve it's eye appeal and reveal a bit more detail.

I am very happy with the start the provincial section, and I look forward to adding more types, as there are some fantastic ones of her out there.



EGYPT, Alexandria. Lucilla. Augusta, AD 164-182. BI Tetradrachm (23mm, 12.14 g). Dated RY 9 of Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus (AD 168/9). ΛOVKIΛΛA C ANT ΘV, draped bust right / Asclepius standing facing, head left, sacrificing from patera in right hand over lighted altar, leaning on serpent-entwined staff to right; L Θ (date) across field. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 9533 = RPC IV.4 Online 3113.4 = Figari & Mosconi 927 (this coin); K&G –; Emmett 2471.9 (R5).

From the Dr. Thomas E. Beniak Collection, Triton XXVII (9-10 January 2024), lot 538. Ex CNG inventory 736102 (October 2003); Nomisma 25 (21 September 2003), lot 144; Giovanni Dattari (1853-1923) Collection, no. 9533.



MESOPOTAMIA, Edessa. Ma’nu VIII, Philoromaios, with Lucilla. AD 167-179. AR Drachm (17mm, 3.02 g). ΛοΥΚΙΛΛΑ cΕΒΑϹΤΗ, diademed and draped bust of Lucilla right / ΒΑϹΙΛЄΥϹ [ΜΑΝΝΟϹ] Φ[Ι]ΛΟΡωΜΑΙϹ, Salus seated left, feeding from patera serpent arising from altar and holding cornucopiae. RPC IV.3 17203.



JUDAEA, Caesarea Maritima. Lucilla. Augusta, AD 164-182. Æ (22mm, 8.96 g). LVCILLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust of Lucilla to right / COL PRIM FL AVG CAESAREA Male figure (emperor or Genius?) standing to left, wearing toga, holding patera over thymiaterium and cornucopia. RPC IV.3 6323 (temporary).



PHRYGIA, Synnada. Lucilla, AD 164-169. Æ (32mm, 14.70 g). ΛOVKIΛΛA CEBACTH, draped bust right. / ΕΠΙ ΙΕΡΙ Κ ΒΑϹΙΛΟVϹ ϹVΝΝΑΔΕΩΝ, cult-statue of Artemis Ephesia facing; stag to left and right. RPC IV.2 2218.



SYRIA, Seleukis and Pieria. Antioch. Lucilla, Augusta, AD 164-182. Æ (17mm, 3.49 g). ΛοΥΚΙΛ(Λ)ΑΝ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΗ([Ν?]), draped bust of Lucilla right / ΑΝΤΙοΧΕΩΝ ΜΗΤΡο(Πο) Δ(Ε), turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right. RPC IV.3 7160 (temporary).



CILICIA, Mopsouestia-Mopsos. Lucilla. Augusta, AD 164-182. Æ (23mm, 7.43 g). Dated CY 235 (AD 167/8). ΛΟΥΚΙΛΛΑ ϹΕΒ, draped bust right / ΑΔΡΙ ΜΟΨΕ(Α) ΔΛϹ, Dikaiosyne standing left, holding scales and cornucopia; EΛC (date) to right. RPC IV.3 10295 (temporary).


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I specialized her for a few years, with my own collection of her coin types. It got pretty big, ended up selling most of it off and kept a few certain ones. I miss collecting her, sometimes. But, tastes change.


Lucilla (164 - 182 A.D.)

Egypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: ΛOVKIΛΛA C–ЄB ANT CЄ ΘV, draped bust right.
R: Elpis stdg. l. holding flowers & lifting skirt. LS=6th yr.
Alexandria Mint
Dattari 3816, Emmett 2473, R5


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Astonishingly, for all the coins I have of her mother, I have only one provincial of Lucilla. 

Lucilla, AD 161-182.
Roman provincial Æ 20.0 mm, 4.29 g, 12 h.
Lycaonia, Dalisandus, AD 163-166.
Obv: ΛΟVΚΙΛΛΑ ϹЄΒΑϹΤΗ, bare-headed and draped bust of Lucilla, left.
Rev: ΔΑΛΙϹΑΝΔЄⲰΝ ΚΟΙΝ ΛVΚΑ, Athena standing, facing, head, left, holding spear, resting arm on shield.
Refs: RPC IV, 10439 (temporary); SNG Righetti, 1456 corr. (incorrectly attributed to Faustina II).


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Very nice group! My area of interest is provincial coinage of southern Levant, and here are some of Lucilla coins from that region.



First from the left is Caesarea Maritima, same type as Michael illustrated. It is quite rare, particularly compared to other Caesarea coins. Next one is from Gerasa in Decapolis. I am working on corpus of all known coins of Gerasa and I am aware of only four specimens of this type. The next is from Aelia Capitolina, probably relatively early type with Lucius Versus on the obverse. The forth is from Nysa-Scythopolis and the fifth from Pella in the Decapolis. The portraits on these two coins are remarkably similar, suggesting the dies were probably created by the same artist which actually makes sense since these two cities were very close geographically. 

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