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Roman Provincial Coins from North Africa

Iol-Caesarea, Mauretania, North Africa, c. 25 B.C. - 24 A.D.

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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; $160.00 (Ä136.00)


Sabratha, Africa, c. 8 - 14 A.D., Augustus Reverse

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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
RP68109. Bronze AE 23, RPC I 814, aF/F, weight 8.357 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 0o, Syrtica mint, c. 8 - 14 A.D.; obverse neo-Punic Inscription: SBRT'N (behind), bust of Serapis right, neo-Punic R (initial of suffete) before; reverse CAESAR, bare head of Augustus right, lituus before; rare; SOLD


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Lepcis (Leptis) Magna, North Africa

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Lepcis (Leptis) Magna was a Phoenician settlement, then a Roman provincial trade center, and is today Al Khums, Libya. It became the third most important city in Africa after it gave birth to a Roman emperor: Septimius Severus. Today Leptis boasts some of the most impressive and well preserved Roman ruins in the world.
SH30340. Bronze AE 26, RPC I 851, aVF, weight 8.448 g, maximum diameter 25.5 mm, Lepcis Magna mint, obverse [LPQY] (neo-Punic ethnic), head of Dionysos right; reverse bull's hide and club; SOLD







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Roman North Africa