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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.
Click for a larger photo 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, cornucopia in left; rare; $250.00 (187.50)

Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.
Click for a larger photo 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, SRCV II 6822, RIC IV 337d, RSC III 168c, 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, cornucopia in left; scarce; $220.00 (165.00)

Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.
Click for a larger photo On some coins of this type but with the normal MARTI VICTORI reverse legend, the final I is cramped. On at least one reverse die the final letter(s) of the reverse legend were erased and re-engraved to RI. Apparently a number of dies for this type were originally engraved ending in R, like our coin, but few coins were struck with them prior to discovery and correction.
RS68974. Silver denarius, Unlisted legend variant; cf. RSC III 76a (VICTORI), RIC IV 103 (same, draped only), BMCRE V 742 (same, but plate coin clearly draped & cuirassed), VF, well centered, weight 3.131 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Mare mint, 202 A.D.; obverse P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse MARTI VICTOR (sic), Mars advancing right, transverse spear in right hand, trophy over shoulder in left; rare variant; $160.00 (120.00)

Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.
Click for a larger photo It's estimated that in 200 A.D. the worldwide human population was about 257 million.
RS68059. Silver denarius, RIC IV 351b, RSC III 573a, BMCRE V 703, VF, well centered, edge cracks, weight 3.198 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 199 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS, laureate and draped older boy's bust right, from behind; reverse SECVRIT ORBIS, Securitas seated left, scepter vertical in right, propping head on left hand, left elbow on back of throne; scarce; $150.00 (112.50)

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. This reverse suggests the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces (especially from Egypt) and its distribution to the people.
RS68303. Silver denarius, RIC IV 501, RSC III 39, BMCRE V 652, SRCV II 6262, VF, excellent centering, weight 3.572 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia) mint, 198 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, laureate head right; reverse ANNONAE AVGG, Annona standing half left, right foot on prow, stalks of grain in right hand, cornucopia in left; $150.00 (112.50)

Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.
Click for a larger photo It's estimated that in 200 A.D. the worldwide human population was about 257 million.
RS60446. Silver denarius, RIC IV 351b, RSC III 573a, BMCRE V 703, nice VF, weight 2.786 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 199 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS, laureate and draped older boy's bust right, from behind; reverse SECVRIT ORBIS, Securitas seated left, scepter vertical in right, propping head on left hand, left elbow on back of throne; scarce; $130.00 (97.50)

Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.
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RS48395. Silver denarius, RIC IV 105(a), RSC III 83, SRCV II 7181, gVF, weight 2.663 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 199 - 200 A.D.; obverse P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, bare headed, draped bust right, seen from behind; reverse MINERV SANCT, Minerva standing half left, resting right hand on shield, inverted spear in left hand; scarce; $90.00 (67.50)


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