Denarius - Juba II and Ptolemy Caesarea

Features

Country Mauretania
King Juba II (25 BC - 23 AD)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 31 (6)
Calendar Mauretania - Juba II era
Value Denarius (1)
Currency Denarius (25BC-40AD)
Composition Silver
Weight 3.22 g
Diameter 18 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Variable alignment ↺
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 194991
Numista (https://numista.com)
References CNNM# 377
Jean Mazard; 1956. Corpus Nummorum Numidiae Mauretaniaeque. Arts et Métiers Graphiques, Paris, France.

Obverse

Diademed head of Juba right.

Lettering: REX IVBA

Reverse

Diademed and draped bust of Ptolemy right, R XXXI before.

Lettering: R XXXI

Mint

Iol Caesarea, Mauretania Orientalis, modern-day Cherchell, Algeria

Comments

The coin in the main image (3.22g, 18mm, 5h, Near Extremely Fine):
◦ Ex-private French collection and from the Banasa / El Ksar Hoard of 1907 (IGCH 2307).
◦ Auctioned by Roma Numismatics Ltd, Auction XVII, 28 March 2019, Lot 340. Sold for 4,200 GBP.

The Banasa Hoard, deposited in circa AD 18-17 was found in 1907 near modern day Souk-el Arbaa, 120 km northeast of Rabat, Morocco, in 1907. The hoard was previously said to be from Alkazar (El Ksar El Kebir), 70 km south of Tangier and hence is occasionally referred to as the El Ksar Hoard. The group contained approximately 4000 silver coins and one bronze. A substantial number of the coins now reside in public collections, principally in London, Paris, Berlin, Athens, New York and Algiers.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
31 (6) 

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