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Carthago (near Tunis, Tunisia)

The mint of Carthage struck coins during the tetrarchy, being opened during a military campaign of Maximianus. Maxentius moved it to Ostia. Shortly after the mint was re-opened by the usurper Domitius Alexander, striking crude coins from dies obviosuly cut by ad-hoc workers. Carthage struck coins again under the Vandals. Dates of operation: 296 - 307 and 308. Mintmarks: PK. The name KART or KARTHAGO is mentioned in the reverse legend.


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

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In 297, Maximian began an offensive against the Berbers in Mauritania, driving them back into their homelands in the Atlas Mountains. He spent the part of the winter in Carthage. On 10 March 297, emperor Maximian returned to Carthage making a triumphal entry into the city after having completed a successful campaign against the Berbers.
RB73639. Billon follis, RIC VI Carthage 21b (C), Cohen VI 106, SRCV IV 13231, Hunter V 66 var. (H left), F, well centered, porous, slightly rough, weight 11.058 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, 1st reign, c. 297 A.D.; obverse IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN (to the happy arrival of our two emperors), Africa standing facing, head left, wearing elephant-skin head-dress, vexillum in left hand, elephant tusk in right hand, lion with captured bull at feet, B left, PKS in exergue; scarce; $100.00 (89.00)


Carthago Nova, Tarraconensis, Hispania, c. 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.

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The magistrates are quinquennial duumvirs P. Turullius and Postumus Albinus (for the 2nd time). In 30/29 B.C., the Koinon of Asia and Bithynia requested permission to honor Augustus as a living god. "Republican" Rome despised the worship of a living man, but an outright refusal might offend their loyal allies. A cautious formula was drawn up, non-Romans could only establish a cult for divus Augustus jointly with dea Roma. Most references date this type to the reign of Augustus but some to early in the reign of Tiberius.
RP84556. Bronze semis, Villaronga-Benages 3145b, RPC I 175 (19 spec.), Burgos 602, Vives 131-14, Beltrn 32, SNG Cop 497, SNG Lorichs 1483, F/gVF, rough, reverse off center, weight 4.593 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 135o, Carthago Nova mint, c. 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.; obverse quadriga walking left, vexillum before, P TVRVLLIO / VINK in two lines above, IIVIR / QVINQV in two lines below; reverse M POSTV ALBINVS clockwise above, IIVIR QVINQ ITER counterclockwise below, tetrastyle temple inscribed AVGVSTO on frieze, closed doors, VI-NK divided across field at center; scarce; SOLD


Maxentius, February 307 - 28 October 312 A.D.

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This coin refers to the good fortune provided by Carthage to the emperors. When the Nile floods were deficient and Egypt suffered scarcity, Roman ships importing wheat steered for Carthage, from which they brought back a sufficient supply to the eternal city.
RT64550. Billon follis, RIC VI Carthage 51a, Cohen VII 103, SRCV IV 14944, VF, well centered on a full flan, weight 10.839 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, as caesar, late 306 A.D.; obverse M AVR MAXENTIVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse SALVIS AVGG ET CAES FEL KART, Carthage standing facing, head left, holding up fruits in both hands, H left, ∆ in exergue; very scarce; SOLD







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