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Carthago (near Tunis, Tunisia)

The mint of Carthage struck coins during the tetrarchy, being opened during a military campaign of Maximianus. Maxentius moved it to Ostia. Shortly after the mint was re-opened by the usurper Domitius Alexander, striking crude coins from dies obviosuly cut by ad-hoc workers. Carthage struck coins again under the Vandals. Dates of operation: 296 - 307 and 308. Mintmarks: PK. The name KART or KARTHAGO is mentioned in the reverse legend.

Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.

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The F K mintmark abbreviates Felix Karthago, meaning fortunate or happy Carthage.
RT92811. Copper post-reform radiate, RIC VI Carthage p. 427, 37a (C); SRCV IV 12843; Cohen VI 542; Hunter V p. 9, 65 var. (seen from behind), F, bumps and marks, porosity, slightly off center on a broad flan, spot of encrustation, weight 2.226 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 180o, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, c. 303 A.D.; obverse IMP C DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse VOT / XX / F K in three lines within wreath of grain; RIC VI lists this type as scarce but market evidence indicates it is scarce; scarce; $40.00 (Ä35.20)

Maxentius, February 307 - 28 October 312 A.D.

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This coin refers to the good fortune provided by Carthage to the emperors. When the Nile floods were deficient and Egypt suffered scarcity, Roman ships importing wheat steered for Carthage, from which they brought back a sufficient supply to the eternal city.
RT64550. Billon follis, RIC VI Carthage 51a, Cohen VII 103, SRCV IV 14944, VF, well centered on a full flan, weight 10.839 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, as caesar, late 306 A.D.; obverse M AVR MAXENTIVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse SALVIS AVGG ET CAES FEL KART (Blessed Carthage, for the Salvation of the two Augusti and two Caesars), Carthage standing facing, head left, holding up fruits in both hands, H left, ∆ in exergue; very scarce; SOLD

Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.

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In 297, Maximian began an offensive against the Berbers in Mauritania, driving them back into their homelands in the Atlas Mountains. He spent the part of the winter in Carthage. On 10 March 297, emperor Maximian returned to Carthage making a triumphal entry into the city after having completed a successful campaign against the Berbers.
RB53261. Billon follis, RIC VI Carthage 21b, Cohen VI 106, SRCV IV 13231, Hunter V 66 var. (H left), VF, flat strike, weight 12.398 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, 1st reign, c. 297 A.D.; obverse IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN (to the happy arrival of our two emperors), Africa standing facing, head left, wearing elephant-skin head-dress, vexillum in left hand, elephant tusk in right hand, lion with captured bull at feet, B left, PKS in exergue; scarce type; SOLD


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