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Live auction - bgr_765169 - MAURETANIA - MAURETANIAN KINGDOM - JUBA II and CLEOPATRA Denier

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Estimate : 550 €
Price : 360 €
Maximum bid : 850 €
End of the sale : 06 September 2022 14:29:43
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: c. 19 AC. - AD. 6
Mint name / Town : Césarée, Maurétanie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 17,5 mm
Orientation dies : 5 h.
Weight : 3,04 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Très bel exemplaire sur un flan légèrement décentré. Superbe revers, bien venu à la frappe. Portrait finement détaillé. Patine grise avec des reflets dorés et bleutés
Catalogue references :


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


Reverse description : Étoile à six rais surmontant un croissant.
Reverse legend : BASILISSA. ILEOPLTRL., (Basilissa Kleopatra).
Reverse translation : (reine Cléopâtre).


Le revers est peut-être inspiré par le denier d’Auguste (RCV. 1640) de Turpilianus avec les mêmes symboles au revers (luni-solaire : astre et lune). Variété avec grand croissant de lune et grande étoile. La légende est stéréotypée, le K a la forme d’un I et les A sont ouverts en forme de Lambda.

Historical background


(19 BC - 6 AD)

Juba I had been defeated at Thapsus in 46 BC but his son, Juba II (50 AC. - 23 AD), brought up by Octavia, became the friend of Augustus who gave him the province of Mauretania in 25 BC Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra VII and Marc Antoine, was spared by Octave in 30 BC when the latter had Ptolemy XV (Caesarion) put to death. She married Juba II around 19 BC and died around 5 or 6 AD. Juba II survived him by about eighteen years. She is the great aunt of Caligula and the mother of Ptolemy who succeeded Juba II and whom his cousin Caligula had assassinated in Rome in 40 to annex Mauretania.

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