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Live auction - bgr_566186 - MAURETANIA - MAURETANIAN KINGDOM - JUBA II and CLEOPATRA Denier

MAURETANIA - MAURETANIAN KINGDOM - JUBA II and CLEOPATRA Denier MS/AU
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Estimate : 900 €
Price : 520 €
Maximum bid : 520 €
End of the sale : 10 March 2020 14:30:58
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: c. 19 AC. - AD. 6
Mint name / Town : Césarée, Maurétanie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 5 h.
Weight : 2,95 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Magnifique exemplaire, idéalement centré. Portrait de toute beauté, de très beau style. Joli revers. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : REX IVBA.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée de Juba II à droite (O’).
Obverse translation : “Rex Iuba”, (roi Juba).

Reverse


Reverse description : Symbole d’Isis ornée de deux épis.
Reverse legend : .BASI-LISSA - //.KLEOPATRA, (Basilissa Kleopatra).
Reverse translation : (reine Cléopâtre).

Commentary


Poids léger. Avec ce revers, Jean Mazard avait répertorié vingt variétés différentes avec des variantes de légende et de présentation. Notre variété est recensée par J. Mazard (Mazard 336).
Ce type de pièce était précédemment présenté comme une drachme. Il s'agit bien en fait d'un denier, fabriqué sur l'étalon romain. Au revers, la coiffe d'Isis et le sistre rappellent les origines égyptiennes de la reine, fille de Cléopâtre VII (51-30 avant J.-C.) Le sistre est l'instrument attaché au culte d'Isis : il était censé régler le flux et le reflux du Nil, et le son aigu qu'il rendait appelait les fidèles à pleurer la mort du dieu Osiris..

Historical background


MAURETANIA - UNITED Mauretania - JUBA II AND CLEOPATRA

(19 BC - 6 AD)

Juba I was defeated at Thapsus in 46 BC, but his son, Juba II (50 AC -. 23 AD), raised by Octavia, became a friend of Augustus, who gave him the province of Mauretania 25 BC Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, was spared by Octavian in 30 BC when it was put to death Ptolemy XV (Caesarion). She married Juba II to 19 BC and died about 5 or 6 of our era. Juba II survived him about eighteen years. She is the great aunt of Caligula and mother of Ptolemy, who succeeded Juba II and his cousin Caligula was assassinated in Rome in 40 to annex the Mauretania.

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