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Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria struck coins for provincal Egypt before becoming a regular imperial mint. Alexandria was reopened by the Byzantines 525 - 646 A.D. Dates of Operation: 294 - 421 and 457 - 474 A.D. Mintmarks: AL, ALE, ALEX, SMAL.

Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.

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This coin is universally described with Maximian raising his empty right hand but on all of the five examples known to Forum, including this coin, he holds an olive branch in his right hand and a mappa in his left hand.
RT85653. Billon half follis, RIC VI Alexandria 91b (S) corr. (no olive branch or mappa), SRCV IV 13419, Hunter V -, Cohen VI -, Choice aEF, well centered and struck, edge cracks, weight 3.001 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Alexandria mint, c. early - mid 308 A.D.; obverse D N MAXIMIANO FELICISS, laureate bust right, wearing imperial mantle, olive branch in right hand, mappa in left hand; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (foresight of the Gods), Providentia, draped, standing right, extending right hand to Quies; Quies, draped, standing left, holding branch in right hand and leaning on scepter with left hand, ∆ lower center, ALE in exergue; rare; $135.00 SALE PRICE $122.00

Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.

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Bickford-Smith notes this type with the obverse legend IVLIA DOMNA AVG was struck only briefly before the same type with the IVLIA AVGVSTA obverse legend. Bickford-Smith does not does not actually identify a specimen or include an example in the plates. We found only one other example, listed on Coin Project.
SH90485. Silver denarius, Bickford-Smith p. 56, RIC IV -, BMCRE V -, RSC III -, Reka Devnia -, BPM Collection -, CA -, ANS -, WW -, VF, tight oval flan, weight 3.011 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, Alexandria mint, c. Jan 195 A.D.; obverse IVLIA DOMNA AVG, draped bust right; reverse VENVS FELIX (Venus who brings good fortune), Venus standing half-left, apple in right hand, drawing drapery from shoulder with left; extremely rare; SOLD

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., LEG III IT AVG

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The LEG III IT AVG honored by this coin might be the Legio III Augusta, founded by Octavian, probably with the Consul Gaius Vibius Pansa in 43 B.C. Its symbol was Pegasos. In 193 A.D., Septimius Severus awarded Legio III Augusta the title Pia Vindex (Faithful avenger) for supporting his claim to the purple.
SH90696. Silver denarius, cf. Bickford-Smith 3, RSC III 262 corr. (illustrated but misdescribed), RIC IV -, BMCRE V -, Hunter III -, Triton X lot 665, CNG 61 lot 1908, gF, compact flan cutting off parts of legends, weight 3.356 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 193 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG, laureate head right; reverse LEG - III - IT - AV-G, TR P COS ending in exergue, aquila (legionary eagle) between two signa (legionary standards); extremely rare; SOLD


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