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Africa on Ancient Coins
Kyrene, Kyrenaika, North Africa, c. 37 - 36 B.C.

|Kyrenaica|, |Kyrene,| |Kyrenaika,| |North| |Africa,| |c.| |37| |-| |36| |B.C.||quadrans|
This is perhaps the last numismatic depiction of a silphium plant.

The Crassus in named on this coin cannot be the wealthy triumvirate colleague of Julius Caesar and Pompey, who died in 53 B.C., long before this coinage. This Crassus is almost certainly his grandson, Marcus Licinius Crassus the Younger. He fought with Sextus Pompey but transferred his loyalty to Marc Antony in c. 36 B.C. Under Mark Antony he was responsible for Crete and Cyrene. Shortly before Actium, Crassus defected to Octavian. He was consul in 30 B.C., triumphed in 27 B.C., and died long after.
GB96100. Bronze quadrans, RPC Online I 918 (12 spec.); BMC Cyrenaica p. 64, 26; Asolati 149a-b; SNG Cop 1312; Müller Afrique -, VF, brown tone, well centered, porous, edge cracks/splits, beveled obverse edge, weight 3.366 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Kyrene (near Shahhat, Libya) mint, magistrate Crassus, c. 37 - 36 B.C.; obverse KPA (Crassus), head of Libya right, with corkscrew curls; reverse silphium plant, K-Y/P-A (Kyrene) flanking in two divided lines; rare; $900.00 SALE |PRICE| $810.00
 


Ptolemaic Kyrenaica, Ptolemy III Euergetes - Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II, 246 - 116 B.C.

|Ptolemaic| |Egypt|, |Ptolemaic| |Kyrenaica,| |Ptolemy| |III| |Euergetes| |-| |Ptolemy| |VIII| |Euergetes| |II,| |246| |-| |116| |B.C.||obol|
The fabric and style of this type varies considerably, indicating the type was likely struck over a long period.
GP93409. Bronze obol, Lorber CPE B487; Svoronos 871; Weiser 103; SNG Cop 443; BMC Cyrenaica p. 83, 44; SNG Milan 449, F, toned brass, dark fields, bumps and marks, central depressions, weight 7.712 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Kyrene (near Shahhat, Libya) mint, c. 245 - 140 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy I Soter right, wearing aegis, central impression; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King Ptolemy), head of Libya right, wearing tainia and necklace, hair in formal curls down neck, double cornucopia below chin, central impression; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00
 


Galerius, 1 March 305 - 5 May 311 A.D.

|Galerius|, |Galerius,| |1| |March| |305| |-| |5| |May| |311| |A.D.||follis|
In March 297, Maximian began an offensive against nomadic Berber tribes that were harassing settlements in North Africa. He spent the winter of 297 - 298 resting in Carthage. Not content to drive them back into their homelands in the Atlas Mountains, from which they could continue to wage war, Maximian ventured deep into Berber territory. The terrain was unfavorable, the Berbers were skilled at guerrilla warfare, but Maximian pressed on. He killed as many as he could and drove the remainder back into the Sahara. On 10 March 298, he made a triumphal entry into Carthage. Inscriptions there record the people's gratitude to Maximian, hailing him, as "redditor lucis aeternae" (restorer of the eternal light). Maximian returned to Italy in early 299 to celebrate another triumph in Rome.
RB93352. Bronze follis, RIC VI Carthago 26b, SRCV IV 14336, cf. Cohen VII 28 (obv. leg.), Hunter V -, Choice gVF, well centered, some silvering, weight 9.462 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Carthage mint, as caesar, c. 298 A.D.; obverse MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN (Happy arrival of our emperors), Africa standing facing, head left, wearing elephant scalp headdress, standard in right hand, elephant tusk in left hand, lion on top of bull carcass at feet on left, I (for Iovi - Diocletian and his caesar Galerius were the "Jovian" rulers) left, PK∆ in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; SOLD







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