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Tripolis, Phoenicia (Tripoli, Lebanon)

The Tripolis mint was established by Aurelian. Coins of Aurelian and Tacitus from Tripolis are not clearly mintmarked, but after Tacitus, Tripolis coins are marked "TR" in the reverse center field. Dates of operation: 270 - c. 286. Mintmarks: TR in center field.


Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

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Aurelian established the Tripolis mint, c. 274 A.D., which minted antoniniani and a few aureus types until it closed during the join reign of Diocletian and Maximian, c. 287 A.D. The Tripolis coins of Aurelian and Tacitus are not clearly mint-marked to identify Tripolis, but after Tacitus, Tripolis coins are marked "TR" in the reverse field. There were several cities within the Roman Empire named Tripolis. The most likely city that hosted the Roman mint was the Tripolis south of Antioch, which today is Tripoli, Lebanon.
RB89980. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T3219 (20 spec.), BnF XII 1371, Gbl MIR 47 390c, Hunter IV 117, RIC V-1 390 (S), Cohen VI 233, SRCV III 11609, F, well centered, brown town, porous, corrosion, weight 4.720 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 0o, Tripolis (Tripoli, Lebanon) mint, 2nd issue, spring 274 A.D.; obverse IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust left; reverse SOLI INVICTO (to the invincible sun god), Sol standing half facing, radiate head left, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe in left hand, bound captive at foot on left, seated left, star in left field, KA in exergue; scarce; $55.00 (48.40)


Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

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In 274, Rome greeted Aurelian as Restitutor Orbis ("Restorer of the World") and accorded him a magnificent triumph (victory procession), which was graced by his captives Tetricus I and his son Tetricus II. Aurelian's conquests of the Palmyran Empire and the Gallic Empire reunited the Roman Empire.
RA91622. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T3232 (4 spec.), BnF XII 1392, RIC V-1 389 var. (no pellet), Venra -, Choice VF, well centered, some silvering, porous, edge ragged, weight 3.435 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 180o, Tripolis (Tripoli, Lebanon) mint, 5th issue, end 274 A.D.; obverse IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right with long neck; reverse RESTITVT ORBIS (to the restorer of the world), Woman, on left, standing right, presenting wreath to Aurelian, Aurelian, on right, standing left, wearing military garb, extending right hand, spear vertical in left hand, star over pellet in center, KA in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $45.00 (39.60)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

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The Roman imperial mint at Tripolis (Tripoli, Lebanon) was only open from 270 to about 286 A.D.
RS65428. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 927, Choice EF, weight 4.004 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 180o, Tripolis (Tripoli, Lebanon) mint, obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), emperor standing right, scepter in left, receiving globe from Jupiter standing left holding scepter surmounted by a wreath, XXI in exergue; full circle centering on both obverse and reverse; scarce mint; SOLD







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