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Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia), Syria

The Laodicea mint, like that at Emesa, operated for Septimius Severus' family, from 195 to 202 A.D.


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

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Laodikea ad Mar (Latakia, Syria) has been inhabited since the second millennium B.C. It was renamed by Seleucus I Nicator in honor of his mother, Laodice, and was a major port for the Seleukid Kingdom. Pompey created the new Roman province of Syria in 64 B.C. The Romans modified the name to Laodicea-ad-Mare.
RS66573. Silver denarius, RIC IV 459 note, RSC III 331a, BMCRE V 384 var. (obv. legend), cf. SRCV II 6413 (same, Emesa), VF, weight 3.014 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 194 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV PERET AVG IMP - II, laureate head right; reverse MONET AVG, Moneta standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left; rare; SOLD


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

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In 193, Laodicea was sacked by the governor of Syria, Pescennius Niger, in his revolt against Septimius Severus. In 194, Septimius Severus reorganized Syria into five new provinces. One of these, Coele-Syria, including all of northern Syria, briefly had its capital in Laodicea before reverting to Antioch. Septimius sought to punish Antioch for having supported Pescennius Niger. Septimius Severus endowed Laodicea with four colonnaded streets, baths, a theater, a hippodrome, numerous sanctuaries and other public buildings in the city. The city was a key strategic seaport for Roman Syria.
RS90503. Silver denarius, RIC IV 511(a), RSC III 4 55a; BMCRE V p. 294, 712; SRCV II -, Choice aEF, bold full circles strike on a broad flan, weight 3.231 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 198 - 200 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, laureate head right; reverse P MAX TR P VIII COS II P P, Fides standing half left, raising a basket of fruits in right, two stalks of grain in left; SOLD


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.

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In 193, Laodicea was sacked by the governor of Syria, Pescennius Niger, in his revolt against Septimius Severus. In 194, Septimius Severus reorganized Syria into five new provinces. One of these, Coele-Syria, including all of northern Syria, briefly had its capital in Laodicea before reverting to Antioch. Septimius sought to punish Antioch for having supported Pescennius Niger. Septimius Severus endowed Laodicea with four colonnaded streets, baths, a theater, a hippodrome, numerous sanctuaries and other public buildings in the city. Laodicea was a key strategic seaport for Roman Syria.
RS68071. Silver denarius, RIC IV 337d (S), RSC III 168e; BMCRE V p. 283, 641 var. (no cuirass); SRCV II 6822 var. (head), EF, nice boy portrait, weight 3.654 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 45o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 198 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR ANTON AVG P TR P, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse MONETA AVGG, Moneta standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left; scarce; SOLD







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