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Iol-Caesarea, Mauretania, North Africa, c. 25 B.C. - 24 A.D.
Phoenicians from Carthage founded Iol as a trading station around 400 B.C. It became a part of the kingdom of Numidia under Jugurtha, c. 160 - 104 B.C. In 29 B.C., Roman emperor Augustus made the Numidian King Juba II and his wife Cleopatra Selene II (daughter of Marc Antony and Cleopatra of Egypt) king and queen of Mauretania. The capital was established at Iol, which was renamed Caesarea in honor of the emperor.
GB85358. Bronze 1/4 Unit, Alexandropoulos
MAA 147; Falbe-Lindberg
III, p. 177, 290 (uncertain mint); SNG Cop
684 var. (kerykeion obv.
left), F, dark green patina
, tight flan
, light corrosion, Iol-Caesarea (Cherchell, Algeria) mint, weight
2.102g, maximum diameter
15.4mm, die axis
, c. 25 B.C. - 24 A.D.; obverse head
left, wearing vulture crown and horned solar-disk headdress; reverse
three ears of barley; extremely rare
Catalog current as of Friday, April 19, 2019.
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