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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, AR Denarius - Crawford 495/2d
Rome. The Imperators.
Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Octavian, 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.70g; 20mm).
Military Mint in Italy.

Obverse: LEPIDVS∑ PONT∑ MAX∑ III∑ V∑ R∑ P∑ C; bare head of Lepidus facing right.

Reverse: C∑ CAESAR∑ IMP∑ III∑ VIR∑ R ∑P∑ C; bare head of Octavian facing right.

References: Crawford 495/2d; HCRI 140a; Sydenham 1323var (rev legend); Aemilia 35var (rev legend); BMCRR (Africa) 29-31var (rev legend); Banti & Simonetti 7 (this coin illustrated).

Provenance: Ex Leu Numismatik Auction 8 (30 Jun 2019) Lot 949; Bank Leu 7 (9 May 1973) Lot 317; Joseph Martini Collection [Baranowsky (25 Feb 1931) Lot 1273] and [Rodolfo Ratto Auction (24 Feb 1930) Lot 1334]; Rodolfo Ratto Fixed Price List (1927) Lot 629; Dr. Bonazzi Collection a/k/a Riche Collection [Rodolfo Ratto Auction (23 Jan 1924) Lot 1352].

This reverse die differs from most of this denarius issue in that the inscription begins with the initial ďCĒ for Octavian's first name (Caius), while the remainder of the issue begins, simply, "CAESAR." The coins appear to celebrate the formation of the Second Triumvirate, although it is unclear why Lepidus did not also strike coins with Antonyís portrait.

This particular example appeared in a remarkable number of important Roman Republican coin sales between 1924-1931, including sales of the collections of Dr. Bonazzi and Joseph Martini.
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Album name:Carausius / Imperatorial (49-27 BCE)
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Jay GT4  [Jul 15, 2019 at 04:55 AM]
Wonderful. Congrats
quadrans  [Jul 17, 2019 at 10:27 PM]
Nice piece..
antoninus1  [Sep 16, 2019 at 08:42 AM]
Very nice Lepidus and an impressive provenance.
David Atherton  [Sep 28, 2019 at 11:02 AM]
Incredible coin!