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Roman Provincial Coins of Africa
Iol-Caesarea, Mauretania, North Africa, c. 25 B.C. - 24 A.D.

|Mauretania|, |Iol-Caesarea,| |Mauretania,| |North| |Africa,| |c.| |25| |B.C.| |-| |24| |A.D.|, |1/4| |Unit|
Phoenicians from Carthage founded Iol as a trading station around 400 B.C. It became a part of the kingdom of Numidia under Jugurtha, c. 160 - 104 B.C. In 29 B.C., Roman emperor Augustus made the Numidian King Juba II and his wife Cleopatra Selene II (daughter of Marc Antony and Cleopatra of Egypt) king and queen of Mauretania. The capital was established at Iol, which was renamed Caesarea in honor of the emperor.
GB85358. Bronze 1/4 Unit, Alexandropoulos MAA 147; Falbe-Lindberg III, p. 177, 290 (uncertain mint); SNG Cop 684 var. (kerykeion obv. left), F, dark green patina, tight flan, light corrosion, weight 2.102 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 270o, Iol-Caesarea (Cherchell, Algeria) mint, c. 25 B.C. - 24 A.D.; obverse head of Isis left, wearing vulture crown and horned solar-disk headdress; reverse three ears of barley; extremely rare; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00


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, Mller 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: (ZYMS); 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).
Mller, 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. (Ble, 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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