AE of Carthago Nova, Spain. C. Helvius Pollo, under Nero, for Tiberius
Size:Â 20x17mmÂ Weight:Â 5.29 grams
Obverse:Â C HELVI POLL PR TI NERONE QV, bare head of Tiberius (?) right.
Reverse:Â HIBERO PRAEF, sacrificial implements: simpulum, securis, aspergillum and apex.
Thanks to Dane Kurth (www.wildwinds.com) for the identification of this coin
Size: 25mm Weight: 13.6 grams.
Obverse: TI CAESAR AVG PONT MAX IMP, Laureate head of Tiberius left.
Reverse: COL AVGVSTA EMERITA, Camp gateway.
Reference: RPC I, 43.
Note: Emerita was founded in 25 B.C. with the name of Emerita Augusta (the name MÃ©rida is an evolution of this) by order of Emperor Augustus, to protect a pass and a bridge over the Guadiana river. Two veteran legions were the former settlers: V Alaudae and X GÃ©mina. The city became the capital of Lusitania province, and one of the most important cities in the Roman empire.