Gallia. Colonia Nemausus. Augustus. 27 BC - 14 AD. Nemausus, c. 10-14 AD. AE As

Ancient Coins - Gallia. Colonia Nemausus. Augustus. 27 BC - 14 AD. Nemausus, c. 10-14 AD. AE As
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Gallia. Colonia Nemausus. Augustus. 27 BC - 14 AD. Nemausus, c. 10-14 AD. AE As, 13.16g. Head of Agrippa left and Head of Augustus right with IMP / [DIVI F] / P - P around / COL - NEM Crocodile chained to a palm tree

References: RPC I 524 corr. (Augustus with laurel wreath); RIC I 158

Grade: Minor wear on the head of Agrippa. Nicely centered and well struck. EF

Price: $1,250

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The crocodile coinage of Nemausus has delighted collectors for years. Research has shown that the coinage can be grouped into three distinct time periods based on the addition or omission of a headdress of some sort on the bust of Augustus.


Nemausus was in the region of Gaul in modern day France (city of Nimes). Today, If one visits, there are still numerous references to this glorious coinage. The image of the crocodile chained to a post symbolized the subjugation of Egypt during the reign of Julius Caesar around 30 BC. The soldiers from this initiative were given plots of land to farm and quickly began to populate the city. The coinage served to memorialize the relationship to their new home. While Caesar inspired the coinage, Augustus created a major mint in the town of Nemausus and literally put the city on the map. This coinage was struck in abundance and served a large portion of the western Roman empire.


The meaning of the palm on the reverse is a matter of debate. Long before the Romans, the Volcae tribe dominated the area starting around the 3rd century BC. Pre-dating the Augustan coinage, there was already palm imagery, thus it could symbolize the relationship to the previous inhabitants.


The city enjoyed prosperity until the end of the 3rd century AD when it diminished in stature. The ruler Antoninus Pius (reigned 138-161 AD) came from Nemausus. In 473 AD the city was taken from the Romans by the Visigoths.


Price SKU: re1159
US$ 1,250.00
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