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The Francis Jarman Collection of Mark Antony Legionary Denarii

The legionary denarii were struck by Antony for the use of his fleet and legions, most likely at his winter headquarters at Patrae just before the Actian campaign. They may have been struck with silver from Cleopatra's treasury. The legionary denarii provide an interesting record of the 23 legions, praetorian cohorts and the chort of speculatores of which Antony's army was composed. Some of them give the name as well as the number of the legion honored. They have a lower silver content than the standard of the time. As a result they were rarely hoarded, heavily circulated and are most often found in very worn condition. The Francis Jarman collection includes the very rare and scarce named legions and cohorts.


Mark Antony, Triumvir and Imperator, 44 - 30 B.C., CHORTIVM PRAETORIARVM

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The cohortes praetoriae, experienced soldiers in mixed companies of horse and foot, formed the bodyguard of the commanders.
SH10826. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1483, Crawford 544/8, Sydenham 1212, BMCRR II East 184, RSC I 6, VF, weight 3.683 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, Patrae(?) mint, 32 - 31 B.C.; obverse ANTAVG / III VIRRPC, galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow; reverse CHORTIVM PRAETORIARVM, aquila (legionary eagle) between two legionary standards; toned, bankers mark; very rare; SOLD


Mark Antony, Triumvir and Imperator, 44 - 30 B.C., LEG XVII CLASSICAE

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LEG XVII CLASSICAE was probably raised by Antony and disbanded by Octavian. No legion with the name Classicae is known from the imperial period. The old Caesarean legions XVII, XVIII and XIX were destroyed with Scribonius Curio in Africa in 49 B.C., restored by Octavian (Augustus), and then destroyed again in Germany under Quinctilius Varus in 9 A.D.
RR10844. Silver denarius, Crawford 544/10, Sydenham 1238, BMCRR II East 223, RSC I 50, nice F, toned, weight 3.528 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 315o, Patrae(?) mint, 32 - 31 B.C.; obverse ANTAVG / III VIRRPC, galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow; reverse LEG XVII CLASSICAE, aquila (legionary eagle) between two legionary standards; very scarce; SOLD


Mark Antony, Triumvir and Imperator, 44 - 30 B.C., LEG VIIII

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Antony's LEG VIIII was probably the old Caesarean Ninth Legion. It was sometimes known as the IX Macedonica or IX Triumphalis. The IX served in Spain until about 19 B.C., when it acquired the name IX Hispana. It was destroyed in Britain in Hadrian's time (see Rosemary Sutcliff's novel The Eagle of the Ninth).
RR10834. Silver denarius, Crawford 544/22, Sydenham 1226, BMCRR II East 200, RSC I 36, aVF, toned, weight 3.351 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 90o, Patrae(?) mint, 32 - 31 B.C.; obverse ANTAVG / IIIVIRRPC, galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow; reverse LEG - VIIII, aquila (legionary eagle) between two legionary standards; very scarce; SOLD







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Mark Antony Legionary Denarii Collection