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Africa on Ancient Coins

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

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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.
RS79618. Silver denarius, RIC IV 207 (S); RSC III 493; BMCRE V p. 263, 531; SRCV II 6341, aEF, slightly off-center, weight 3.395 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, 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 skin headdress, with right holding out drapery with fruits in the fold, lion at her feet right; scarce; $140.00 (Ä124.60)


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

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Commemorates Hadrian's arrival in Egypt in 130 AD. Alexandria kissing the emperor's hand to welcome him in her city!
RX79844. Bronze drachm, Dattari pl. 75, 1610; Milne 1315; Geissen 1034; BMC Alexandria 870; Kampmann-Ganschow 32.509; Emmett 964; SRCV II 3716, Fair, scratches, weight 25.224 g, maximum diameter 33.7 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 130 - 131 A.D.; obverse AYT KAI TPAI A∆PIA CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right with aegis; reverse Alexandria (or Africa), wearing elephant-skin headdress, steps right towards the emperor, grasps and kisses his right hand, wheat ears and poppy in her left hand, he is togate with scepter in left; L - I E (left and middle field); huge 34 mm bronze!; $110.00 (Ä97.90)


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

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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.
RS73189. Silver denarius, RIC IV 207 (S); RSC III 493; BMCRE V p. 263, 531; SRCV II 6341, VF, grainy, weight 3.634 g, maximum diameter 19.4 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 skin headdress, with right holding out drapery with fruits in the fold, lion at her feet right; interesting reverse type; scarce; $105.00 (Ä93.45)


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 (Ä89.00)







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