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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.

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

|Constantius| |I|, |Constantius| |I,| |May| |305| |-| |25| |July| |306| |A.D.||follis| |(large)|
The Latin reverse legend abbreviates, "Saluis Augustoris et Caesaribus Felicitas Karthago," meaning, "Blessed Carthage, the Salvation of the two Augusti and two Caesars." 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. On this issue, the folles of the 'Jovian' rulers Diocletian and his Caesar Galerius have the letter I (= Iovi) in the reverse field, while those of the 'Herculian' rulers, Maximian and Constantius, have the letter H (= Herculi).
RT99303. Billon follis (large), RIC VI Carthago 32a, SRCV IV 14100, Cohen VI 271, Hunter V 40, gVF, nearly centered, flow lines, porosity, weight 10.143 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, 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 (Blessed Carthage, the Salvation of the two Augusti and two Caesars), Carthage standing facing, head left, holding fruits in both hands, Γ in exergue; from a private collector in New Jersey; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


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

|Constantius| |I|, |Constantius| |I,| |May| |305| |-| |25| |July| |306| |A.D.||follis| |(large)|
The Latin reverse legend abbreviates, "Saluis Augustoris et Caesaribus Felicitas Karthago," meaning, "Blessed Carthage, the Salvation of the two Augusti and two Caesars." 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. On this issue, the folles of the 'Jovian' rulers Diocletian and his Caesar Galerius have the letter I (= Iovi) in the reverse field, while those of the 'Herculian' rulers, Maximian and Constantius, have the letter H (= Herculi).
RT99301. Billon follis (large), RIC VI Carthago p. 428, 39a, SRCV IV 14190, Cohen VI 271, Hunter V p. 46, 6, VF, broad flan, light marks, porosity, corrosion on edge, weight 10.168 g, maximum diameter 27.6 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, 305 - 306 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART (Blessed Carthage, the Salvation of the two Augusti and two Caesars), Carthage standing facing, head left, holding fruits in both hands, H left, A (top open, appearing as H, as normal for the type) in exergue; from a private collector in New Jersey; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


Carthago Nova, Tarraconensis, Hispania, c. 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.

|Carthago|, |Carthago| |Nova,| |Tarraconensis,| |Hispania,| |c.| |27| |B.C.| |-| |14| |A.D.||provincial| |semis|
The magistrates are quinquennial duumvirs P. Turullius and Postumus Albinus (for the 2nd time). In 30/29 B.C., the Koinon of Asia and Bithynia requested permission to honor Augustus as a living god. "Republican" Rome despised the worship of a living man, but an outright refusal might offend their loyal allies. A cautious formula was drawn up, non-Romans could only establish a cult for divus Augustus jointly with dea Roma. Most references date this type to the reign of Augustus but some to early in the reign of Tiberius.
RP84556. Bronze provincial semis, Villaronga-Benages 3145b, RPC I 175 (19 spec.), Burgos 602, Vives 131-14, Beltrn 32, SNG Cop 497, SNG Lorichs 1483, F/gVF, rough, reverse off center, weight 4.593 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 135o, Carthago Nova (Cartagena, Spain) mint, c. 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.; obverse quadriga walking left, vexillum before, P TVRVLLIO / VINK in two lines above, IIVIR / QVINQV in two lines below; reverse M POSTV ALBINVS clockwise above, IIVIR QVINQ ITER counterclockwise below, tetrastyle temple inscribed AVGVSTO on frieze, closed doors, VI-NK divided across field at center; scarce; SOLD







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