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Crawford 544/14, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Antony Legion II Denarius
Rome. The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius, 44-31 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.64g; 17mm).
Military Mint traveling with Antony, 32-1 BCE.

Obverse: ANT AVG III VIR R P C; galley facing right.

Reverse: LEG II; Aquilia between two standards.

References: Crawford 544/14; Sydenham 1216; HCRI 349; BMCRR East 190-92; Antonia 105.

Provenance: Ex Pat Coyle Coll. [Goldberg Auction 69 (29 May 2012) Lot 3471]; NAC 40 (16 May 2007), Lot 624.

Produced by Antony in the lead-up to his final defeat at Actium by Octavians navy (commanded by Agrippa), the legionary series was a huge issue that recognized 23 legions under Antonys command. These coins would continue to circulate throughout the Empire for several centuries after Antonys loss, partly because their notoriously debased silver discouraged hoarding. Forty examples of the LEG II variety appeared in the 1905 Delos hoard of 604 Antony Legionary denarii, making it one of the most common varieties of the series.

The Legio II was likely a legion that was disbanded after Actium.
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Jay GT4  [Feb 05, 2019 at 12:45 PM]
Wonderful legionary eagle.
quadrans  [Feb 05, 2019 at 09:42 PM]
Great piece ..
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