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Mark Antony & Octavia
Silver Cistophorus

M ANTONIVS IMP COS DESIG ITER ET TERT
Head of Antony right, wreathed with ivy, lituus below, all within ivy wreath

III VIR R P C
Draped bust of Octavia right above cista mystica flanked by two snakes

Ephesus, summer-autumn 39 BC
10.42g

Sear 1512, RPC 2201

Ex-Incitatus

This issue commemorates the marriage between Antony and Octavia and also celebrates Antony as "the new Dionysus". The honor was bestowed on Antony in 41 BC when he arrived in Ephesus. Antony is named as Imperator and Consul designate for the second and third time. This fixes the date towards the end of 39 BC. after the pact of Misenum in July. At that time the consular designations were agreed upon for the next eight years. However it must also be dated before the winter of 39-38 BC when Antony was acclaimed as Imperator for the second time.

Octavia is not specifically mentioned by name, but certainly there can be no doubt it is her image found on the reverse given the time this coin was minted.
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Randygeki(h2)  [Apr 30, 2010 at 08:10 PM]
cool addition
Noah  [May 01, 2010 at 02:30 AM]
a nice example with recognizable portraits
Potator II  [May 01, 2010 at 08:30 AM]
A covetable type, and very decent
ancientone  [May 02, 2010 at 03:37 AM]
i'm jealous
Legatus  [Aug 21, 2011 at 08:31 PM]
This is a wonderful coin.