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Roman Provincial Coins of Africa
Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D., Ephesos, Ionia

|Ephesos|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.,| |Ephesos,| |Ionia||AE| |25|
Agonistic "urns" or "crowns" were awarded to winners at ancient Greek games, similar to modern trophies. They are called "crowns" because they may have been placed on the head of the victor.
RP95365. Bronze AE 25, Karwiese 1131(a1) (O13/R95); SNG Munchen 260; SNG Hunterian XII 1749; SNG Cop 519; SNGvA 7889; SNG Tub -; BMC Ionia -, gVF, well centered on a broad flan, obverse die wear and minor die breaks, weight 6.759 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, Aug 253 - Sep 268 A.D.; obverse AYT K ΠO ΛIKI ΓAΛΛIHNOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse EΦECIΩN A D• NE•Ω•KOPΩN, agonistic urn (prize crown) containing palm fronds, band across the crown is marked EΦECIAI; from the Errett Bishop Collection; very rare; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00
 


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Oea, Syrtica, Africa Proconsularis

|Roman| |Africa|, |Tiberius,| |19| |August| |14| |-| |16| |March| |37| |A.D.,| |Oea,| |Syrtica,| |Africa| |Proconsularis||dupondius|
RPC identifies this type as common but this is the first coin of Oea ever handled by Forum and we have seen very few examples of this type offered for sale.
RP58057. Bronze dupondius, RPC I 832, SNG Cop 31, VF, pitting, tight flan, weight 10.111 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 90o, Oea mint, 22 - 37 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR - AVGVSTVS, bare head of Tiberius left, eagle on left facing with open wings and palm frond in beak, laurel branch right; reverse Neo-Punic inscription: WY'T (Oea), laureate bust of Apollo, lyre right, all within a laurel wreath; scarce; SOLD


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

|Roman| |Africa|, |Sabratha,| |Syrtica,| |North| |Africa,| |c.| |8| |-| |14| |A.D.,| |Augustus| |Reverse||AE| |24|
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
RP89294. Bronze AE 24, RPC I 815, Müller Afrique 57, SNG Cop 41, De Luynes 3726, Alexandropoulos 43b, F, dark near black patina, some earthen deposits, scratches, pit (flan flaw?) on reverse, weight 7.680 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 180o, Syrtica mint, c. 8 - 14 A.D.; obverse neo-Punic inscription behind: (SBRT'N), bust of Serapis right, neo-Punic inscription under neck: (ZY•MS); reverse CAESAR (downward behind), bare head of Augustus right, lituus before; rare; SOLD







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Babelon, J. Catalogue de la collection de Luynes: monnaies greques. (Paris, 1924-1936).
Falbe, C. & J. Lindberg. Numismatique de L'Ancienne Afrique. (Copenhagen, 1860-1862).
Müller, L. et. al. Numismatique de l'ancienne Afrique. (Copenhagen, 1860-1862).
Roman Provincial Coinage Online - http://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/
Sear, D. Greek Coins and Their Values, Vol. 2, Asia and Africa. (London, 1979).
Sear, D. Greek Imperial Coins and Their Values. (London, 1982).
Strauss, P. Collection Maurice Laffaille - monnaies grecques en bronze. (Bàle, 1990).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Denmark, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum, Vol. 8: Egypt, North Africa, Spain - Gaul. (1994).

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