Augustus Carisius bronze as

£200

 

Coins from the Iberian peninsula where the earliest known Celtic inscriptions (c.700-450 BC) have been found and where many ancient Celtic tribal names, Celtic personal names and Celtic place-names have been recorded.

Augustus Carisius. Emerita. 23BC. Bronze as. 25mm. 10.47g. Bare head of Augustus right, CAESAR AVGV TRIBVNIC POTES./ P CARISIVS LEG AVGVSTI in three lines, beaded border. VB 4436 hh (this coin), Burgos 984, Calico 568, Sear RCV 1675 var. Good Very Fine, dark-green patina, full inscription with virtually every letter complete.   VERY RARE variant.                                                          Was £250. Now only £200

The colony of Emerita Augusta (modern Mérida, Badajoz, SW Spain) was founded in 25 BC by P.Carisius, governor of Lusitania, for veterans of legions V and X, hence LEG on the reverse. Augustus got his first tribunican power on 1 July 23 BC, hence TRIBVNIC POTES. Illustrated by Leandre Villaronga and Jaume Benages, Ancient Coinage of the Iberian Peninsular, 2011, p.775 (this coin).

 

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