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Roman Provincial Coins from North Africa
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, Müller 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


Lix, Mauretania, North Africa, c. 50 - 1 B.C.

|North| |Africa|, |Lix,| |Mauretania,| |North| |Africa,| |c.| |50| |-| |1| |B.C.||AE| |18|
Ancient Lixus is located within modern Larache, on the right bank of Loukkos River the about three km inland from the Atlantic ocean. Lixus was first settled by the Phoenicians in the 7th century B.C. and was later annexed by Carthage. When Carthage fell to Rome, Lixus became an imperial outpost of the Roman province Mauretania Tingitana. Among the ruins, there are Roman baths, temples, 4th-century walls, a mosaic floor, a Christian church and the intricate remains of the Capitol Hill.
GB84541. Bronze AE 18, Alexandropoulos MAA 168, Mazard 633, SNG Cop 694, SGCV II 6643, Fair, rough, scratches, weight 5.653 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, Lixus (Larache, Morocco) mint, c. 50 - 1 B.C.; obverse head of Chusor-Phtah right, wearing pointed cap with long tassel; reverse bunch of grapes, neo-Punic inscription: MPM - LKS divided across field; ex RBW collection; rare; SOLD


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Lepcis (Leptis) Magna, North Africa

|Tiberius|, |Tiberius,| |19| |August| |14| |-| |16| |March| |37| |A.D.,| |Lepcis| |(Leptis)| |Magna,| |North| |Africa||AE| |26|
Lepcis (Leptis) Magna was a Phoenician settlement, then a Roman provincial trade center, and is today Al Khums, Libya. It became the third most important city in Africa after it gave birth to a Roman emperor: Septimius Severus. Today Leptis boasts some of the most impressive and well preserved Roman ruins in the world.
SH30340. Bronze AE 26, RPC I 851, aVF, weight 8.448 g, maximum diameter 25.5 mm, Lepcis Magna mint, obverse [LPQY] (neo-Punic ethnic), head of Dionysos right; reverse bull's hide and club; SOLD







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Sear, D. Greek Coins and Their Values, Vol. 2, Asia and Africa. (London, 1979).
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