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Roman Provincial Coins from North Africa
Kingdom of Mauretania, Juba II, 25 B.C. - 23 A.D.

|Mauretania|, |Kingdom| |of| |Mauretania,| |Juba| |II,| |25| |B.C.| |-| |23| |A.D.||drachm|
Juba's father, an ally of Pompey, was defeated by Julius Caesar and committed suicide. After Juba II was paraded in his triumph, Caesar, and later Octavian, raised him. He learned Latin and Greek and became a Roman citizen. Juba II accompanied Octavian on campaigns and fought alongside him in the battle of Actium. They became longtime friends and Augustus restored him as King of Numidia. Augustus afterward exchanged Mauretania with Juba, the son, for Numidia.
GS110644. Silver drachm, Mazard 241, Alexandropoulos MAA 95, SNG Cop 579, Mller Afrique 23 var. (no crescent), gF, holed, plugged, scrapes and scratches, weight 2.133 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 180o, Caesarea (Cherchell, Algeria) mint, 16 - 17 A.D.; obverse REX IVBA, diademed head right; reverse cornucopia, flanked two dangling looped fillets, transverse scepter behind, crescent upper right; scarce; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00

Kyrene, Kyrenaica, North Africa, c. 120 - 96 B.C.

|Kyrenaica|, |Kyrene,| |Kyrenaica,| |North| |Africa,| |c.| |120| |-| |96| |B.C.||obol|
From the time of the late reign of Ptolemy VIII to that of Ptolemy Apion. Ptolemy Apion was a son of Ptolemy VIII, perhaps by an Egyptian concubine. This makes him a half-brother of Ptolemy IX and X. He died without an heir and left his kingdom to Rome.
GP111957. Bronze obol, cf. Svoronos Pl. XLVI, 23 - 25 (Ptolemy V), SNG Cop 438 (Ptolemy IV - VIII, c. 221 - 140 B.C.), VF, earthen encrustations, off center, sprue remnant, obv. edge beveled, central dimples, weight 4.390 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Kyrene (near Shahhat, Libya) mint, c. 120 - 96 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy Soter right with aegis; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, head of Isis right, hair in formal curls down neck, cornucopia below chin; $65.00 SALE PRICE $58.50

Sabratha, Syrtica, N. Africa, c. 8 - 14 A.D., Augustus Reverse

|North| |Africa|, |Sabratha,| |Syrtica,| |N.| |Africa,| |c.| |8| |-| |14| |A.D.,| |Augustus| |Reverse||AE| |23|
Sabratha is on the Mediterranean coast about 66 km west of Tripoli, Libya. It was a Tyrian or Carthaginian settlement, the farthest of the west of the three chief cities of Syrtica, with a prosperous harbor. It became a colony in the second century A.D., perhaps under Trajan. Septimius Severus was born nearby in Leptis Magna, and Sabratha reached its peak under the Severans. The city was badly damaged by earthquakes in the 4th century, particularly the quake of 365. Within a hundred years of the Arab conquest of the Maghreb, trade had shifted to other ports and Sabratha dwindled to a village.Roman Theater of Sabratha
RP68109. Bronze AE 23, RPC I 814, Mller Afrique 58, De Luynes 3726, Alexandropoulos 43a, SNG Cop -, aF/F, weight 8.357 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 0o, Sabratha mint, c. 8 - 14 A.D.; obverse neo-Punic inscription behind: (SBRT'N), bust of Serapis right, (neo-Punic R) before; reverse CAESAR (downward behind), bare head of Augustus right, lituus before; rare; SOLD



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