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Ostia (Port of Rome), Italy

Ostia, at the mouth of the Tiber was the sea port for the city of Rome, providing Rome an easy means to enjoying all the riches of foreign lands. Its excellent baths, its good cheer and its healthy site, fanned by the breezes of the Mediterranean, made Ostia a favorite resort with the pleasure-loving Romans. The mint was transferred to Ostia from Carthage and then transferred from Ostia to Arelate. Dates of operation 308 - 313 A.D. Mintmarks: MOST, OST.

Roman Empire, Ostia (Port of Rome), Italy, Transportation / Shipping Token, Late 1st - 2nd Century A.D.

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In "Shipping Tesserae from Ostia and Minturnae?" in NC 175 (2015), Clive Stannard discusses small square single-sided bronze tesserae, like this one, which are usually found at Ostia, the port of Rome, and at Minturnae, the other major Roman port. He identifies 12 types of these tesserae with additional varieties. He suggests the horse types, like this one, may relate to the towing of boats [by horses] on a tow path.
AS91936. Bronze tessera, Stannard Shipping, type 2A, obv. die 9; 0.802g, 11.3 x 11.6mm, VF, rough green patina, light earthen deposits, edge chip, obverse horse pacing right, AT above, N below, I below raised left foreleg; reverse blank; from a New England collector, ex Phil DeVicchi collection; $90.00 (Ä79.20)

Maxentius, February 307 - 28 October 312 A.D.

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The reverse legend dedicates this coin "to the eternal victory of our emperor."
SH35060. Billon half follis, RIC VI Ostia 63, EF, slight roughness, weight 3.382 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Ostia (port of Rome) mint, 309 - 312 A.D.; obverse MAXENTIVS P F AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm; reverse VICTORIA AETERNA AVG N (the eternal victory of our emperor), Victory standing right, left foot on base of cippus supporting shield on which she inscribes VOT XX FEL, captive seated left, MOSTP in exergue; ex Tony Hardy collection; rare; SOLD

Maxentius, February 307 - 28 October 312 A.D.

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This interesting reverse includes two sets of twin brothers; Romulus and Remus suckling the she-wolf are flanked by the Disocuri twins Castor and Pollux, with their horses.
RB72416. Billon follis, RIC VI Ostia 16, Cohen VII 10, SRCV IV 14976, Hunter V 25 var. (2nd officina), gVF, weight 6.821 g, maximum diameter 25.6 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Ostia (port of Rome) mint, 308 - 310 A.D.; obverse IMP C MAXENTIVS P F AVG, laureate head right, bare right shoulder from behind; reverse AETERNITAS AVG N, Castor and Pollux, each with star above cap, naked except chlamys over shoulder, leaning on scepter with outer arm, holding bridled horse with inner hand, she-wolf suckling twins in center, MOSTA in exergue; SOLD


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