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Roman Provincial Coins from Gaul
Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Unofficial or Semi-official Cast in Gaul

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.,| |Unofficial| |or| |Semi-official| |Cast| |in| |Gaul||as|
This coin is clearly cast and not an official struck Rome mint issue. The molds were made with an official Rome mint as, struck under the moneyer Volusus Valerius Messalla, c. 6 B.C. Many unofficial counterfeits or perhaps semi-offical local imitations were struck and cast in Gaul, especially during the reign of Claudius (up to 50% of the bronze Claudius coins found in some areas), apparently due to shortages of official coinage. This coin may have been cast at that time.
RB110362. Cast bronze as, cf. RIC I 441, BnF I 738 (struck, Rome mint, 6 B.C.), F, nice green patina, usual soapy appearance of casts, flaw upper reverse field, weight 5.508 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 315o, c. 6 B.C. - 54 A.D.; obverse CAESAR AVGVST PONT MAX TRIBVNIC POT, bare head right; reverse VOLVSVS VALER MESSAL III VIR AAA FF, legend around S C; scarce; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


Augustus and Agrippa, c. 10 - 14 A.D., Colonia Augusta Nemausus, Gallia Narbonensis

|Gaul|, |Augustus| |and| |Agrippa,| |c.| |10| |-| |14| |A.D.,| |Colonia| |Augusta| |Nemausus,| |Gallia| |Narbonensis||dupondius|
The reverse commemorates the conquest of Egypt in 30 B.C. This theme was probably used at Nemausus because the colony was settled by Egyptian Greeks and veterans from Anthony's army that had surrendered to Octavian at Actium. This coin is from a final revival of the type with the addition of P P, for Pater Patri, Father of the Country, on the obverse. Augustus was honored with this title in 2 B.C.
RP97570. Bronze dupondius, RIC I 161 (S), RPC Online I 525, SNG Cop 700, SNG Tb 160, SRCV I 1731, VF, well centered on a tight flan, excellent portraits, pitting and porosity, weight 12.380 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 270o, Colonia Augusta Nemausus (Nimes, France) mint, c. 10 - 14 A.D.; obverse back to back heads of Agrippa and Augustus, Agrippa (on left) facing left wearing a rostral crown, Augustus laureate head right, IMP above, P - P flanking below chins, DIVI F below; reverse crocodile right chained to a palm, wreath with long ties over COL - NEM (NE ligate) across field above crocodile divided by palm, two palm fronds below crocodile; scarce; SOLD


Roman Republic, Dictatorship of Julius Caesar, L Hostilius Saserna, 48 B.C.

|Julius| |Caesar|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Dictatorship| |of| |Julius| |Caesar,| |L| |Hostilius| |Saserna,| |48| |B.C.||denarius|
The events of 48 B.C. are among the best known of ancient history. Caesar defeated Pompey at Pharsalus and later was greeted at Alexandria with a gift of Pompey's head. The twenty-one-year-old Cleopatra VII had herself delivered to him rolled in a carpet and became his mistress. Caesar and Cleopatra defeated Ptolemy XIII, but during the battle the Library of Alexandria was burned.

This type refers to Caesar's taking of Massilia early in the war with Pompey. Artemis Ephesia was held in special reverence at Massilia, where they had a temple dedicated to her.
RR82689. Silver denarius, Crawford 448/3, Sydenham 953, RSC I Hostilia 4, Sear Imperators 19, BMCRR Rome 3996, SRCV I 419, gVF, attractive toning, light marks, die wear, reverse slightly off center, weight 3.993 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 48 B.C.; obverse bare head of Gallia right with long disheveled hair, carnyx (Gallic trumpet) behind; reverse cultus statue of Diana (Artemis) of Ephesus standing facing, laureate, long hair falling down her shoulders and long flowing robes, holding stag left by its antlers with her right hand, vertical spear in left hand, SASERNA curving upward on left, L HOSTILIVS downward on right; ex Gorny and Mosch auction 176 (10 Mar 2009), lot 1962; scarce; SOLD







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American Numismatic Society Collections Database (ANSCD) - http://numismatics.org/search/search.
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Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Denmark, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum, Vol. 8: Egypt, North Africa, Spain - Gaul. (1994).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Mnchen Staatlische Mnzsammlung, Part 1: Hispania. Gallia Narbonensis. (Berlin, 1968).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Mnzsammlung Universitt Tbingen, Part 1: Hispania-Sikelia. (Berlin, 1981).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain XII, The Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, Part 1: Roman Provincial Coins: Spain-Kingdoms of Asia Minor. (Oxford, 2004).

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