Coin of Oea with bust of Livia

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
about A.D. 22/3–37

Mint: Africa: Byzacium, Oea, Easting: 0.000, Northing: 0.000


Diameter: 25.5 mm. Weight: 9.29 gm. Die Axis: 9

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Draped bust of Livia to right, as Ceres.
Grain at left. At right, peacock.
Reverse: Bust of Athena to left, wearing helmet and cuirass with gorgoneion.
In field: Neo-Punic letters.


By date unknown: H. C. Levis collection; by 1925: with Naville-Ars Classica (Naville-Ars Classica auction 11, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 18-20, 1925, lot 266); by 1983: with Numismatik Lanz München, Germany (auction 26, Maximiliansplatz 10, December 5, 1983, lot 459); by 1999: Leo Benz collection (sold at Numismatik Lanz München, auction 94, Maximiliansplatz 10, November 22, 1999, lot 138): by 2000: with Baldwin's Auctions Ltd, London and M & M Numismatics Ltd, Washington, DC (The New York Sale, Auction III, New York Marriott World Trade Center, December 7, 2000, lot 224); purchased on behalf of MFA at The New York Sale, Auction III by Antiqua Inc., 20969 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 11, Woodland Hills, California 91364; purchased by MFA from Antiqua Inc., January 24, 2001

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour