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Tripolis, Phoenicia (Tripoli, Lebanon)

The Tripolis mint was established by Aurelian. Coins of Aurelian and Tacitus from Tripolis are not clearly mintmarked, but after Tacitus, Tripolis coins are marked "TR" in the reverse center field. Dates of operation: 270 - c. 286. Mintmarks: TR in center field.

Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

|Aurelian|, |Aurelian,| |August| |or| |September| |270| |-| |October| |or| |November| |275| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
Aurelian established the Tripolis mint, c. 274 A.D., which minted antoniniani and a few aureus types until it closed during the join reign of Diocletian and Maximian, c. 287 A.D. The Tripolis coins of Aurelian and Tacitus are not clearly mint-marked to identify Tripolis, but after Tacitus, Tripolis coins are marked "TR" in the reverse field. There were several cities within the Roman Empire named Tripolis. The most likely city that hosted the Roman mint was the Tripolis south of Antioch, which today is Tripoli, Lebanon.
RB89980. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T3219 (20 spec.), BnF XII 1371, Gbl MIR 47 390c, Hunter IV 117, RIC V-1 390 (S), Cohen VI 233, SRCV III 11609, F, well centered, brown town, porous, corrosion, weight 4.720 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 0o, Tripolis (Tripoli, Lebanon) mint, 2nd issue, spring 274 A.D.; obverse IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust left; reverse SOLI INVICTO (to the invincible sun god), Sol standing half facing, radiate head left, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe in left hand, bound captive at foot on left, seated left, star in left field, KA in exergue; scarce; $45.00 SALE |PRICE| $40.50


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Tripolis(?), Lydia

|Tripolis|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.,| |Tripolis(?),| |Lydia|, |AE| |31|
The identification of the coin is consistent with other specimens bearing Howgego 20, which are from Tripolis bearing the portrait of Faustina Jr. and are around 30 mm.

Obverse countermarks:

1. CAP, ∆ and dash, in 2 lines, oval punch, 10 x 9 mm. Howgego 561 (46 pcs). The "dash" to the right of the ∆ might indicate that the denomination is 4 1/2 assaria. This, and other denominational countermarks, were applied at Sardis to worn coins of other cities in W. Roman Asia, although not to Sardian coins (unless worn smooth). Appl. may have taken place during the sole reign of Gallienus, the reason being that coins bearing the portr. of Gallienus have been found cm'd, while a cm'd coin has been found bearing the cm of another city consistent with this date.

2. Head of Serapis r., in modius, in circular punch, 4 mm, Howgego 20 (3 pcs).

3. bust in circular punch, 5 mm, cf. Howgego 95 (2 pcs).
RP23242. Bronze AE 31, weight 19.492 g, maximum diameter 31.3 mm, Tripolis(?) mint, Mar/Apr 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.; obverse laureate head of Commodus? right; SOLD


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
The Roman imperial mint at Tripolis (Tripoli, Lebanon) was only open from 270 to about 286 A.D.
RS65428. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 927, Choice EF, weight 4.004 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 180o, Tripolis (Tripoli, Lebanon) mint, obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), emperor standing right, scepter in left, receiving globe from Jupiter standing left holding scepter surmounted by a wreath, XXI in exergue; full circle centering on both obverse and reverse; scarce mint; SOLD







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