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Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.
This type commemorates the naval victory at Actium in which Octavian won a decisive victory over Mark Antony and Cleopatra on 2 September 31 B.C. Augustus paid special honors to Apollo Actius, whose temple at Actium commanded a view of the bay where the combat took place. After his victory, he enlarged both this sanctuary and the town of Actium. Across the straight from Actium, on the site of his campsite prior to the naval engagement, Octavian founded the city of Nicopolis. At Nicopolis, to honor his victory, he erected a war memorial and established games known as Actia or Ludi Actiaci. The Actiaca Aera was established as the new local era with dates computed from the time of the battle.
SH84728. Silver denarius
, BnF I
1401, RIC I
171a, RSC I
144, BMCRE I
461, Hunter I
201, SRCV I
1611, Choice Mint State
, fantastic mint luster, attractive portrait, excellent centering, some die wear, reverse
slightly double struck, Lugdunum
, France) mint, weight
3.878g, maximum diameter
18.5mm, die axis
, 15 - 13 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS DIVI F
, bare head
right; reverse Apollo
standing slightly left, head
in right hand pointed at feet, Cithara
in left hand, IMP - X divided low across field
, ACT in exergue
; from the Marcelo Leal Collection; SOLD
Catalog current as of Monday, September 25, 2017.
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