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Tripolis, Phoenicia (Tripoli, Lebanon)

The Tripolis mint was established by Aurelian. Coins of Aurelian and Tacitus from Tripolis are not clearly mintmarked, but after Tacitus, Tripolis coins are marked "TR" in the reverse center field. Dates of operation: 270 - c. 286. Mintmarks: TR in center field.


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Tripolis(?), Lydia

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The identification of the coin is consistent with other specimens bearing Howgego 20, which are from Tripolis bearing the portrait of Faustina Jr. and are around 30 mm.

Obverse countermarks:

1. CAP, ∆ and dash, in 2 lines, oval punch, 10 x 9 mm. Howgego 561 (46 pcs). The "dash" to the right of the ∆ might indicate that the denomination is 4 1/2 assaria. This, and other denominational countermarks, were applied at Sardis to worn coins of other cities in W. Roman Asia, although not to Sardian coins (unless worn smooth). Appl. may have taken place during the sole reign of Gallienus, the reason being that coins bearing the portr. of Gallienus have been found cm'd, while a cm'd coin has been found bearing the cm of another city consistent with this date.

2. Head of Serapis r., in modius, in circular punch, 4 mm, Howgego 20 (3 pcs).

3. bust in circular punch, 5 mm, cf. Howgego 95 (2 pcs).
RP23242. Bronze AE 31, weight 19.492 g, maximum diameter 31.3 mm, Tripolis(?) mint, Mar/Apr 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.; obverse laureate head of Commodus? right; SOLD


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

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The Roman imperial mint at Tripolis (Tripoli, Lebanon) was only open from 270 to about 286 A.D.
RS65428. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 927, Choice EF, weight 4.004 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 180o, Tripolis (Tripoli, Lebanon) mint, obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), emperor standing right, scepter in left, receiving globe from Jupiter standing left holding scepter surmounted by a wreath, XXI in exergue; full circle centering on both obverse and reverse; scarce mint; SOLD


Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.

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RIC does not list this mint mark for the rare antoniniani of Tacitus struck at Tripolis. Possibly unpublished.
RA09638. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 4083 (2 spec.), BnF XII 1815, RIC V-1 -, Hunter IV -, Venra -, VF, weight 3.98 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 0o, 8th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, issue 2, Dec 275 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), Mars standing left holding branch and spear, shield at feet, H in exergue; very rare; SOLD







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