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Camels on Ancient Coins

The camel was a symbol of Arabia.

Tiberius Gemellus and Germanicus II, Twin Grandsons of Tiberius, c. 19 - 23 A.D., Kyrene, Kyrenaica, North Africa

|Kyrenaica|, |Tiberius| |Gemellus| |and| |Germanicus| |II,| |Twin| |Grandsons| |of| |Tiberius,| |c.| |19| |-| |23| |A.D.,| |Kyrene,| |Kyrenaica,| |North| |Africa||AE| |20|NEW
Tiberius Gemellus and Germanicus II were the twin sons of Drusus and Livilla, the grandsons of the Emperor Tiberius, and the cousins of the Emperor Caligula. Gemellus is a nickname meaning "the twin." Germanicus II died in childhood. Because Gemellus' was too young to assume the throne, Caligula was summoned by Tiberius to Capri in 35 where he and Gemellus were made joint-heirs. Tiberius may also have selected Caligula because, according to Suetonius, Tiberius detested Gemellus, believing he was result of an adulterous affair by his mother. Tacitus records that while they were in Capri, Tiberius, with Gemellus in his arms, looked at Caligula in tears and told him: "You will kill him, and another will kill you." Caligula had Gemellus killed in late 37 or early 38, not long after assuming power, and was himself assassinated in 41.
RP96983. Bronze AE 20, RPC I 948 (1 spec.); BMC Cyrenaica p. 121, 52; Asolati 171, aF, rough, porous, corrosion, off center, edge crack, weight 3.203 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, Kyrene (near Shahhat, Libya) mint, c. 19 - 23 A.D.; obverse dromedary (one-humped Arabian camel) standing right in laurel wreath border; reverse bare heads of the twin sons of Drusus, Tiberius Gemellus (on left) and Germanicus II (on right) face to face, TIB ΓEP above, KAIΣAPEΣ below; extremely rare, only three other specimens known to FORVM, zero sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives in the last two decades; $400.00 SALE |PRICE| $360.00
 


Roman Republic, First Triumvirate, Marcus Aemilius Scaurus & Publius Plautius Hypsaeus, 58 B.C.

|99-50| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |First| |Triumvirate,| |Marcus| |Aemilius| |Scaurus| |&| |Publius| |Plautius| |Hypsaeus,| |58| |B.C.||denarius|
M. Aemilius Scaurus, in 62 B.C., as quaestor to Pompey, was sent against King Aretas but withdrew when Aretas paid 300 talents. This was the first time a moneyer publicized his own career on coinage. Aemilius was curule aedile when this coin was struck. This was the first time a moneyer publicized an event from his own career on coinage. Later he was praetor and propraetor, lost a campaign for Consul, and successfully defended Cicero. In 52 B.C., he was charged with bribery and went into exile.
RR91807. Silver denarius, BMCRR Rome 3878 (also HYPSAEVE), Crawford 422/1b var., Sydenham 913 var., RSC I Aemilia 8 var., RBW Collection 1519 var., SRCV I 379 var., Choice gVF, deep old cabinet toning, well centered on the usual tight flan, weight 3.945 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, 58 B.C.; obverse Aretas, King of Nabataea, kneeling beside camel, holding reins and raising olive branch with fillet, M SCAVR above, EX - S C at sides, REX ARETAS in exergue; reverse Jupiter in quadriga left, reins in right, hurling thunderbolt with left, scorpion below, P HYPSAEVE / AED CVR above, CAPTV on right, C HYPSAE COS / PREIVE in exergue; ex Savoca Numismatik auction 31 (10 March 2019), lot 392; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

|Trajan|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.||denarius|
This type was issued to commemorate the founding of the Roman province Arabia Petraea, consisting of the former Nabataean kingdom in Jordan, the southern Levant, the Sinai Peninsula, and the northwestern area of the Arabian peninsula. Trajan completed the Via Nova Traiana, a road from Bostra through Petra to the port at Aqaba, made Bostra the capital of the province, and awarded Petra the status of metropolis. Unlike Armenia, Mesopotamia, and Assyria, Rome held Arabia long after Trajan's rule. In Diocletian's restructuring of the empire in 284 - 305, the province was enlarged to include parts of modern-day Israel. After Diocletian, Arabia became a part of the Diocese of Oriens ("the East"). In the Byzantine period, Arabia was the frontline of Byzantine-Sassanid Wars. In the 5th or 6th century, it was transformed into Palaestina Salutaris.
SH26657. Silver denarius, RIC II 245, Woytek 396b, RSC II 26, BMCRE III 474, SRCV II -, aEF, attractive dark glossy toning, weight 3.055 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 112 - 115 A.D.; obverse IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse ARAB ADQ (in ex) S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Arabia standing front, head left, holding branch and bundle of cinnamon sticks, camel walking left behind at feet; SOLD







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