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Live auction - bgr_790967 - MAURETANIA - MAURETANIAN KINGDOM - JUBA II and CLEOPATRA Denier

MAURETANIA - MAURETANIAN KINGDOM - JUBA II and CLEOPATRA Denier AU/MS
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Estimate : 1 200 €
Price : 820 €
Maximum bid : 890 €
End of the sale : 07 March 2023 14:26:27
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: c. 19 AC. - AD. 6
Mint name / Town : Césarée, Maurétanie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 15,5 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 3,75 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Superbe exemplaire sur un flan court, épais, légèrement décentré. Magnifique crocodile, finement détaillé. Patine grise
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 : Crocodile rampant à gauche.
Reverse legend : KLEOPATRA/ BASILISSA, (Kleopatra Basilissa).
Reverse translation : (Cléopâtre reine ).

Commentary


Le revers est peut-être inspiré par l’aureus et le denier d’Auguste (RIC. 544 et 545) avec le même crocodile qui commémore la victoire d’Octave sur l’Égypte.

Historical background


MAURETANIA - MAURETANIAN KINGDOM - JUBA II and CLEOPATRA

(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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