Has there been any recent consensus about the Augustus CA in wreath series?

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  1. nerosmyfavorite68

    nerosmyfavorite68 Well-Known Member

    The Augustus CA in wreath Sestertius series has always been one of my favorites of the Roman Imperial series. Has there been any recent consensus (and/or hoard evidence) about just where the mint in Anatolia was?
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  3. cmezner

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    The mint identity and reverse legend of the Augustan CA issues has long been discussed. For a survey of theories see RPC I, pp. 380-381. The inscription CA may refer to the stabilized Commune Asiae. This type shows a gift (a wreath) and the recipient, Octavian, it remained only to indicate the donor, and it seems hard to doubt that this was the Commune Asiae, as originally suggested many years ago and usually accepted until Grant’s major work appeared. Grant himself dismissed the equivalence: if these coins were in fact produced in Provincia Asia, they were produced in an area of immense size. The Commune Asiae is clearly attested on the coinage of Augustus showing the temple inscribed ROM ET AVG and flanked by COM ASIAE, and Grant suggested CA stands for Caesaris auctoritas, which other firmly reject. See:
    Sutherland C. H.V. The symbolism of the early aes coinages under Augustus. In: Revue numismatique, 6e série - Tome 7, année 1965 pp. 94-109;
    doi : https://doi.org/10.3406/numi.1965.927

    The entire CA and AVGVSTVS coinage of Augustus, some of which has been attributed to Asia Minor, was more likely from Cyprus. The brass and bronze coinage was struck for both internal use, and export, while Cyprus was his personal possession, not under the nominal control of the Senate, 30-22 BC, CA standing for Caesar Augustus.
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  4. nerosmyfavorite68

    nerosmyfavorite68 Well-Known Member

    I had forgotten about the Cyprus connection. Given the export restrictions in the past few years, perhaps it's best that there's some mystery.
    Thank you for the reference link.
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  5. Ryro

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    Just that they are both cool and awesome... and that mine is stuck in customs: 2370240_1637247543.l-removebg-preview.png
  6. nerosmyfavorite68

    nerosmyfavorite68 Well-Known Member

    Yikes. What customs?

    I picked up mine when coins were cheaper. Augustus CA Sestertius - RPC 2233 35mm 18.6g (my coin).jpg
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