A Roman Provincial Bronze - Marcus Aurelius?

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  1. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    This provincial bronze (AE 22) arrived today from Israel. I think it is one of Marcus Aurelius' provincial coins, probably from Egypt.

    Here are the specs:

    Metal : Bronze
    Diameter: 22 mm
    Weight: 11 grams
    Orientation: 11 h

    Obv: Portrait (Marcus Aurelius?), facing right, surrounded by Greek legend (can't decipher any letters)
    Rev: Serapis?, facing right, surrounded by Greek legend, ..........Σ (?) AV............

    The Σ could be a T

    What do you think?

    Thanks
    AE 22, Roman Provincial, 11 grams, purchase eBay.1.jpg AE 22, Roman Provincial, 11 grams, purchase eBay.2 jpg.jpg
     
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  3. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    I think that I found a similar example online.

    Caesarea Maritima mint, Provincial AS, 161-180 AD

    Marcus Aurelius AE 25, Caesarea Maritima mint, MA Shops.jpg
     
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  5. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    Yes, I remembered, but I could not locate it. I have trouble viewing when scrolling.
     
  6. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    A while back I got 2 similar Provincial AEs but with non-bearded emperors. I never did get the attribution nailed down beyond a guess, but I settled on Aelia Capitolina rather than Caesarea Maritima. My train-of-guessing is below.

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    Elagabalus? Æ 21
    (c. 218-222 A.D.)
    Judea, Aelia Capitolina

    IM C M AVR ANTONINVS ? radiate head right / COL AEL [CAP COMM] around, [P F
    in exergue], Draped bust of Serapis right wearing calathus.
    Rosenberger 71 (?); Meshorer, Aelia 135 (?)
    (7.32 grams / 21 mm)

    Elagabalus? Æ 17
    (c. 218-222 A.D.)
    Judea, Aelia Capitolina

    IM C M AVR ANTONINVS radiate head right / COL AEL [CAP COMM] around, [P F in exergue], Draped bust of Serapis right wearing calathus.
    Rosenberger 71 (?); Meshorer, Aelia 135 (?)
    (6.00 grams / 17 mm)

    Attribution note: Posted on CoinTalk March 15, 2019; Caesarea Maritima was suggested, but because the inscriptions are shorter on mine, and based
    on other examples found online, I went with Aelia Capitolina for both. This is a guess.
     
  7. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..kool, a Serapis(?) coin..that's one o @TIF favorite deities...:)
     
  8. Factor

    Factor Active Member

    Well, both coins are actually of Caesarea and indeed of Elagabalus. The bigger one, you can see COL FL in the legend, clearly Caesarea. The bottom one as well, just by style. Sofaer 74 and Sofaer 76, respectively.
     
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  9. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Thank you Factor. I appreciate the help - I am very fond of these, and it bugged me that I was unsure just what they were.

    Just to make sure - the big one is Sofaer 74 and the little one is 76?
     
  10. Factor

    Factor Active Member

    Yes, that's correct
     
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  11. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Many thanks!
     
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