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Colonia Patricia (Cordova, Spain)

Cordova, a city in Andalusia was the first colony planted by the Romans in Spain. Its original name was Corduba. When it was made a Roman colony it was renamed Colonia Patricia, to honor the veterans and worthy men who settled it, to whom honor was due, as to Fathers (Patribus). Augustus visted Patricia in 15 or 14 B.C.


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

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Cordova, a city in Andalusia was the first colony planted by the Romans in Spain. Its original name was Corduba. When it was made a Roman colony it was renamed Colonia Patricia, to honor the veterans and worthy men who settled it, to whom honor was due, as to Fathers (Patribus).

In 19 B.C., the Cantabrians, living on the northernmost coast of Spain, were brought under Roman control. The region was not completely subdued until 16 B.C. Augustus visited Patricia in 15 or 14 B.C.
RS88158. Silver denarius, RIC I 77b (S), BnF I 1162, RSC I 209a, Hunter I 157 var. (head right), BMCRE I 378 var. (same), SRCV I 1625 var. (same), aVF, toned, bumps and scratches, edge cracks, tight flan, holes plugged at 12:00 and 6:00, weight 3.456 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Colonia Patricia (Cordoba, Spain) mint, 19 B.C.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS, bare head left; reverse OB / CIVIS / SERVATOS within Corona Civica; scarce; $125.00 (106.25)


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

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The reverse inscription means "for citizens saved." The wreath is the corona civica, the oak wreath awarded by a special decree of the Senate to Augustus in 27 B.C. for saving the lives of citizens by ending the series of civil wars.
SH84732. Silver denarius, RIC I 77a, BMCRE I 378, BnF I 1154, RSC I 208, Hunter I 157, SRCV I 1625, Choice EF, superb portrait, mint luster, bold strike, slight die wear, weight 3.796 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, Colonia Patricia (Cordoba, Spain) mint, 19 B.C.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS, bare head right; reverse OB / CIVIS / SERVATOS (for citizens saved) in three lines within oak wreath (corona civica), wreath tied at the bottom and closed with a jewel at the top; from the Marcelo Leal Collection; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

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"This represents the altar erected by the order of the Senate to Fortuna Redux on the return of Augustus from Syria in the previous year (B.C. 19). It was placed at the porta Capena and yearly sacrifices were ordered" -- Roman Silver Coins, I. Republic to Augustus by H.A. Seaby
SH84727. Silver denarius, RIC I 56b (R4), RSC I 108b, BnF I 1341e (not in the coll., spec. from Turin), BMCRE I 360 var. (inscription), SRCV I 1608 var. (same), Hunter I -, aEF, nice portrait, much mint luster, tight flan, obverse die wear, some silver encrustations, reverse slightly off center, weight 3.804 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain Spanish (Colonia Patricia?) mint, c. 20 - 19 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Augustus left, anepigraphic; reverse square altar inscribed FORTVNREDVC / CAESARIAVGVS / SPQR; from the Marcelo Leal Collection, this is the only example of this very rare inscription variety ever handled by Forum, none on Coin Archives; very rare; SOLD







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