Tripolis — A settlement in Phoenicia
Tripoli overlooks the eastern Mediterranean Sea, and it is the northernmost seaport in Lebanon.

Evidence of settlement in Tripoli dates back as early as 1400 BCE. In the 9th century, the Phoenicians established a trading station in Tripoli and later, under Persian rule, the city became the center of a confederation of the Phoenician city states of Sidon, Tyre, and Arados Island. Under Hellenistic rule, Tripoli was used as a naval shipyard and the city enjoyed a period of autonomy. It came under Roman rule around 64 BCE. The 551 Beirut earthquake and tsunami destroyed the Byzantine city of Tripoli along with other Mediterranean coastal cities.

During Umayyad rule, Tripoli became a commercial and shipbuilding center. The Crusaders conquered the city in 1109. This caused extensive destruction. In 1289, it fell to the Mamluks and the old port part of the city was destroyed. A new inland city was then built near the old castle.

Modern location: El Mina, Lebanon
An AE Antoninianus struck 273 AD in Tripolis
Obverse: radiate and cuirassed bust left; IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG

Reverse: Sol facing, head left, wearing chalmys, raising hand, holding globe globe, bounded captive left; SOLI__INVICTO / *

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.9 g
spring - summer 273, Issue 1
LV 10826; RIC1st 390,
An AE Antoninianus struck 274 AD in Tripolis
Obverse: radiate and cuirassed bust right; IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG

Reverse: female standing right holding wreath, crowning Aurelian standing left wearing military dress, holding long scepter; RESTITVT OR_BIS / * / •KA

Diameter: 21 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.4 g
autumn 274 AD Issue 4
LV 10829; RIC1st 389 var.
(3) Diocletian
An BL Antoninianus struck 284 AD in Tripolis
Obverse: radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG

Reverse: Diocletian right receiving Victory on globe, holding parazonium; Jupiter left giving Victory on globe, holding long scepter; IOVI CONSERVATOR_I AVG / TR / XXI•

Diameter: 24 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.75 g
ex Gitbud and Naumann
RIC V 328
An AE unit struck 220-221 AD in Tripolis
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; AVT K M AΥΡ__ANTWNINOC

Reverse: lighted altar of Zeus Hagios within tetrastyle temple; on the left side Helios standing half right, rising hand; on the right side Selene standing half left rising hand, holding cornucopia; star over crescent in pediment, steps below; TΡIΠO_Λ_I_TWN / BΛΦ

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: -
ex Münz Zentrum Rheinland
SNG Copenhagen 292; BMC 114
(5) Probus
An BL Antoninianus struck 276 AD in Tripolis
Obverse: radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG

Reverse: Probus standing right, eagle tipped scepter in left, with right receiving globe from Jupiter, standing left, long scepter vertical in left, crescent in center; CLEMENTIA TEMP; crescent / KA

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.6 g
VIII 276 - end 276 AD 1st emission ex Gitbud and Naumann
RIC V 928