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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Roman Coins| ▸ |Roman Mints| ▸ |Carthago||View Options:  |  |  | 

Carthago (near Tunis, Tunisia)

The mint of Carthage struck coins during the tetrarchy, being opened during a military campaign of Maximianus. Maxentius moved it to Ostia. Shortly after the mint was re-opened by the usurper Domitius Alexander, striking crude coins from dies obviosuly cut by ad-hoc workers. Carthage struck coins again under the Vandals. Dates of operation: 296 - 307 and 308. Mintmarks: PK. The name KART or KARTHAGO is mentioned in the reverse legend.

Galerius, 1 March 305 - 5 May 311 A.D.

|Galerius|, |Galerius,| |1| |March| |305| |-| |5| |May| |311| |A.D.|, |follis|
In March 297, Maximian began an offensive against nomadic Berber tribes that were harassing settlements in North Africa. He spent the winter of 297 - 298 resting in Carthage. Not content to drive them back into their homelands in the Atlas Mountains, from which they could continue to wage war, Maximian ventured deep into Berber territory. The terrain was unfavorable, the Berbers were skilled at guerrilla warfare, but Maximian pressed on. He killed as many as he could and drove the remainder back into the Sahara. On 10 March 298, he made a triumphal entry into Carthage. Inscriptions there record the people's gratitude to Maximian, hailing him, as "redditor lucis aeternae" (restorer of the eternal light). Maximian returned to Italy in early 299 to celebrate another triumph in Rome.
RB93352. Bronze follis, RIC VI Carthago 26b, SRCV IV 14336, cf. Cohen VII 28 (obv. leg.), Hunter V -, Choice gVF, well centered, some silvering, weight 9.462 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Carthage mint, as caesar, c. 298 A.D.; obverse MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN (Happy arrival of our emperors), Africa standing facing, head left, wearing elephant scalp headdress, standard in right hand, elephant tusk in left hand, lion on top of bull carcass at feet on left, I (for Iovi - Diocletian and his caesar Galerius were the "Jovian" rulers) left, PK∆ in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00


Constantius I, May 305 - 25 July 306 A.D.

|Constantius| |I|, |Constantius| |I,| |May| |305| |-| |25| |July| |306| |A.D.|, |follis| |(large)|
This coin refers to the good fortune provided by Carthage to the emperors. When the Nile floods were deficient and Egypt suffered scarcity, Roman ships importing wheat steered for Carthage, from which they brought back a sufficient supply to the eternal city.
RT93184. Billon follis (large), RIC VI Carthago 32a, SRCV IV 14100, Cohen VI 271, Hunter V 40, Choice VF, well centered on a broad flan, light deposits, light scratches, light porosity, edge cracks, weight 9.859 g, maximum diameter 29.6 mm, die axis 180o, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, as caesar, c. 299 - 303 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, laureate head (larger) right; reverse SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART, Carthage standing facing, head left, holding fruits in both hands, Γ in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00


Galerius, 1 March 305 - 5 May 311 A.D.

|Galerius|, |Galerius,| |1| |March| |305| |-| |5| |May| |311| |A.D.|, |follis|
In 303, Diocletian, Maximian, Galerius, and Constantius issued a series of edicts rescinding the legal rights of Christians and demanding that they comply with traditional religious practices. About 3,000 Christians died in the persecutions, many more were imprisoned and tortured, but most Christians avoided punishment.
RT95398. Bronze follis, Hunter V 31 (also 4th officina), RIC VI Carthago 32b, Cohen VII 191, SRCV IV 14411, gVF, well centered, dark patina, light deposits, weight 7.697 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Carthage mint, as caesar, c. 303 A.D.; obverse MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART, Carthago standing left, holding up fruits in both hands, ∆ in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00


Maximinus II Daia, As Caesar, Late 309 - 30 April 313 A.D.

|Maximinus| |II|, |Maximinus| |II| |Daia,| |As| |Caesar,| |Late| |309| |-| |30| |April| |313| |A.D.|, |follis|
On 11 November 308, attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, at the Congress of Carnuntum, the Tetrarchy declared Maxentius a public enemy, Licinius was proclaimed Augustus, and Constantine I was made Caesar of Britain and Gaul.
RB93353. Billon follis, RIC VI Carthage 40b, SRCV IV 14763, Cohen VII 150, Hunter V -, Choice gVF, well centered on a broad flan, nice portrait, dark brown patina, some scratches and marks, weight 9.114 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, as caesar, 1 May 305 - 25 Jul 306; obverse GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART (with two healthy augusti and two healthy caesars, Carthage is blessed), Carthago standing facing, head left, holding up fruits in both hands, I (Iovi) left, ∆ (4th officina) in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection, first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00


Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.

|Diocletian|, |Diocletian,| |20| |November| |284| |-| |1| |May| |305| |A.D.|, |follis|
In 303, Diocletian, Maximian, Galerius, and Constantius issued a series of edicts rescinding the legal rights of Christians and demanding that they comply with traditional religious practices. About 3,000 Christians died in the persecutions, many more were imprisoned and tortured, but most Christians avoided punishment.
RB94249. Billon follis, RIC VI Carthago 29a (S), Hunter V 62, SRCV IV 12828, Cohen VI 438, VF, full border centering, dark brown patina, reverse strike partially flat, pitting, weight 9.377 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 180o, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, c. 298 - 299 A.D.; obverse IMP DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right, smaller head; reverse SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART, Carthago standing slightly right, head left, holding up fruits in both hands, A in exergue; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00 ON RESERVE







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