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Roman Provincial Coins of Mesopotamia
Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Carrhae, Mesopotamia

|Mesopotamia| |&| |Babylonia|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.,| |Carrhae,| |Mesopotamia||AE| |13|
Carrhae is the Haran of the Bible. Crassus was defeated and killed by the Parthians near Carrhae in 53 B.C. Emperor Galerius was defeated on the same site in 296 A.D.
RY93158. Bronze AE 13, cf. RPC Online IV-3 T9917 - T9918; BMC Arabia p. 82, 2; SNG Cop 175, VF, dark green patina, highlighting earthen deposits, tight flan cutting off much of legend, weight 2.173 g, maximum diameter 13.3 mm, die axis 180o, Carrhae (Altinbasak, Turkey) mint, Mar/Apr 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.; obverse AVT K KOMO∆OC CEB (or similar), laureate head right; reverse AVP KAPPHNWN (or similar), six pointed star in filleted crescent with horns upward, small globe below on base; from the Errett Bishop Collection; very rare; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


Tranquillina, Augusta, May 241 - 25 February 244 A.D., Singara, Mesopotamia

|Roman| |Mesopotamia|, |Tranquillina,| |Augusta,| |May| |241| |-| |25| |February| |244| |A.D.,| |Singara,| |Mesopotamia||AE| |26|
In 242 A.D., Gordian III, along with his praetorian prefect and father-in-law Timesitheus, began a campaign against the Sasanian king, Shahpur I. After freeing Syria, a decisive battle secured all of Mesopotamia, including Singara and Nisibis. But after Timesitheus died in 243 the Roman advance stalled and they suffered a major defeat. In February 244, Gordian died and Philip was proclaimed emperor. Philip negotiated a truce in order to return to Rome for his Senate confirmation.
SH11786. Bronze AE 26, RPC Online VII-2 U2106 (20 spec.); SNG Cop 258; SNG Hunterian 2455; BMC Arabia p. 136, 14; Lindgren III 1570a, VF, green patina, scratches, ragged edge, weight 11.651 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 0o, Singara (Sinjar, Iraq) mint, 243 - 244 A.D.; obverse CAB TPANKVΛΛINA CEB, diademed and draped bust right; reverse CVP CEΠ KOΛ CINΓAPA, veiled and turreted bust of Tyche right, centaur Sagittarius above, discharging bow; SOLD


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Carrhae, Mesopotamia

|Roman| |Mesopotamia|, |Caracalla,| |28| |January| |198| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.,| |Carrhae,| |Mesopotamia||tetradrachm|
Caracalla was assassinated near Carrhae on 8 April 217, while urinating on a roadside. When his escort gave him privacy to relieve himself, Julius Martialis, an officer of his personal bodyguard, ran forward and killed Caracalla with a single sword stroke. Martialis fled on horseback, but was killed by a bodyguard archer. Herodian says Caracalla had executed Martialis' brother a few days earlier on an unproven charge. Cassius Dio says that Martialis was resentful at not being promoted to the rank of centurion. Macrinus, the Praetorian Guard Prefect, who succeeded him as emperor, may have arranged the assassination.
SH70946. Billon tetradrachm, Prieur 830, Bellinger Syrian 159, SNG Cop -, BMC Arabia -, gVF, nice portrait, good metal, well centered on a crowded flan, weight 13.320 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, die axis 0o, Carrhae (Altinbasak, Turkey) mint, Cos. 4, 215 - 217 A.D.; obverse AVT K M ANTΩNEINOC CEB, radiate head right, bare back and shoulder, from behind; reverse ∆HMAPX EΞ YΠA TO ∆ (holder of Tribunitian power, consul for the 4th time), eagle standing facing, head and tail right, wings open, wreath in beak, star upper left, crescent between legs, two pellets in exergue; ex Ancient Resource (Pasadena, CA); SOLD







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