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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; ON LAYAWAY


Roman Republic, Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio, Imperator 47 - 46 B.C.

|Pompeians|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Q.| |Caecilius| |Metellus| |Pius| |Scipio,| |Imperator| |47| |-| |46| |B.C.||denarius|
Scipio was the Pompeian commander of the anti-Caesareans. His headquarters was at the provincial capital of Utica, near the site of Carthage, and this is likely the site of his mint. Defeated by Caesar's forces, Scipio committed suicide in 46 B.C.
SH58573. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1380/1 (large Africa head), BMCRR Africa 10 (same), RSC I Caecilia 50, Crawford 461/1, Sear CRI 44, Sydenham 1051, VF, weight 3.756 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Africa, Utica mint, 47 - 46 B.C.; obverse Q METELL SCIPIO IMP, head of Africa right, laureate and clad in elephant scalp, stalk of grain before, plough below; reverse EPPIVS LEG F C, Herakles standing facing, naked, right hand on hip, resting on club draped with Nemean lion's skin and set on a rock; SOLD


Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.

|Maximian|, |Maximian,| |286| |-| |305,| |306| |-| |308,| |and| |310| |A.D.||argenteus|
SH21403. Silver argenteus, RIC VI Carthago 13b, RSC V 92, VF, weight 3.094 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, Carthago (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, 296 - 298 A.D.; obverse MAXIMIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse F ADVENT AVGG NN, Africa standing facing wearing an elephant-head headdress, holding tusk and standard, bull at feet to left, S in exergue (obscured); very rare (R3); SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|
RX43494. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 1026, Milne 1294, Emmett 845, VF, weight 12.814 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 130 - 28 Aug 131 A.D.; obverse AYT KAI TPAI A∆PIA CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis; reverse Africa standing right, scepter in left, ears of grain in extended right hand, clasping hands with Hadrian, who stands left, scepter in left, L IE (year 15) across fields; rare; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||denarius|
SH33879. Silver denarius, RSC II 137, RIC II 299 var. (bust), BMCRE III 821 note, aVF, weight 3.192 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare head left; reverse AFRICA, Africa reclining left, wearing elephant scalp headdress, scorpion in right hand, scepter in left hand, basket with fruits or grain before her; SOLD


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Ancient Counterfeit

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.,| |Ancient| |Counterfeit||denarius|
The ancient counterfeiter did a phenomenal job with the reverse. It is stylistically similar to the official mint issue but superior in detail and artistry. The copper core is visible in the edge cracks under a microscope; otherwise the silver plate is unbroken.
RS34682. Silver denarius, cf. RIC IV 253, RSC III 25 and BMCRE V 309 (official, Rome mint, 207 A.D.), VF, weight 1.852 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, illegal mint, obverse SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse AFRICA, Africa standing right, wearing elephant-skin headdress, emptying crops from fold of dress, lion at feet; great reverse style; SOLD


Constantius I, May 305 - 25 July 306 A.D.

|Constantius| |I|, |Constantius| |I,| |May| |305| |-| |25| |July| |306| |A.D.||follis| |(large)|
RT04202. Billon follis (large), RIC VI Carthago 24a, gVF, weight 11.485 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 180o, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, 298 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, Laureate head right; reverse FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN, Africa standing right, head left, wearing elephant head headdress, standard in right and tusk in left, lion and bull at feet left, H left, PKT in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.||denarius|
Septimius Severus was born in what is now Libya, making him the first emperor to be born in the Roman province of Africa. This type was probably issued to commemorate Septimius' visit to his home town, Leptis Magna, in 203.
RS47414. Silver denarius, RIC IV 253; RSC III 25; BMCRE V p. 214, 309; Hunter III 82; SRCV II 6260, Choice VF, fantastic portrait, weight 3.326 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 207 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse AFRICA, Africa standing right, wearing elephant-skin headdress, carrying fruits in fold of drapery, lion right at feet on right; SOLD


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.||denarius|
Severus was born in Leptis Magna (Khoms, Libya) in the Roman province of Africa. This type was struck to commemorate the emperor's visit to his native Africa in 207. See Leptis Magna on Wikipedia.
RS28461. Silver denarius, RIC IV 207 (S); RSC III 493; BMCRE V p. 263, 531; SRCV II 6341, gVF, excellent portrait, weight 3.326 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 207 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XV COS III P P, Africa standing half right, wearing elephant scalp headdress, with right holding out drapery with fruits in the fold, lion at her feet right; interesting reverse type; scarce; SOLD


Roman Republic, Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio, Imperator 47 - 46 B.C.

|Pompeians|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Q.| |Caecilius| |Metellus| |Pius| |Scipio,| |Imperator| |47| |-| |46| |B.C.||denarius|
Scipio was the Pompeian commander of the anti-Caesareans. His headquarters was at the provincial capital of Utica, near the site of Carthage, and this is likely the site of his mint. Defeated by Caesar's forces, Scipio committed suicide in 46 B.C.
SH79740. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1380/2 (small Africa head), BMCRR Africa 12 (same), RSC I Caecilia 50a (same), Crawford 461/1, Sydenham 1051, Sear CRI 44, F, corrosion, scratches, slightly off-center, weight 3.340 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 270o, Africa, Utica mint, 47 - 46 B.C.; obverse Q METELL SCIPIO IMP, head of Africa right, laureate and clad in elephant scalp, stalk of grain before, plow below; reverse EPPIVS LEG F C, Herakles standing facing, naked, right hand on hip, resting on club draped with Nemean lion's skin and set on a rock; SOLD




  




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