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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marc Antony, 32 BCE
Rome, The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius, 32 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.72g; 18mm).
Athens Mint.

Obv: ANTON AVG IMP III COS DES III III V R P C. Bare head of Antony facing right.

Rev: ANTONIVS AVG IMP III, in two lines.

References: Crawford 542/2; HCRI 347; Sydenham 1209.

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection [CNG eSale 385 (26 Oct 2016) Lot 470]; CNG 49 (17 Mar 1999), Lot 1316; Reinhold Faelten Collection [Stack's (20 Jan 1938) Lot 1495].

On the obverse, behind Antonyís ear, a small letter P, likely an engraverís signature, is hidden within the hair line. This coin was struck in Athens in 32 BCE, while Antony and Cleopatra lived extravagantly among the Greeks. The coinís inscription refers to a designated third consulship that Antony was supposed to share with Octavian in 31 BCE. Around the time this coin was minted, Antony notified his wife, Octavia (Octavianís sister), in Rome that he was divorcing her. Octavian was outraged. Cleopatraís growing influence over Antony was soon used by Octavian as progaganda to unite Italy and the West against Antony. Thus, the designated third consulship referenced on this coin never occurred, as the designated consuls went to war instead, ending with Antonyís naval defeat at Actium in September 31 BCE.
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David Atherton  [Apr 18, 2018 at 12:55 PM]
Wonderful!
Canaan  [Apr 18, 2018 at 01:36 PM]
Great addition with great provenance congrats
Mat  [Apr 18, 2018 at 03:58 PM]
Jay GT4  [May 27, 2018 at 03:56 AM]
A must have portrait for any Antony collector
orfew  [Feb 07, 2019 at 05:22 PM]
A lovely example