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Crawford 544/18, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Antony Legion V Denarius
Rome. The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius, 44-31 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.79g; 19mm).
Military Mint traveling with Antony, 32-1 BCE.

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

Reverse: LEG V; Aquilia between two standards.

References: Crawford 544/18; HCRI 354; Sydenham 1221; BMCRR (East) 196; Banti 75 (this coin); Antonia 110.

Provenance: Ex Kress 109 (24-25 Oct 1958), Lot 749.

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. Thirty-seven examples of the LEG V variety appeared in the 1905 Delos hoard of 604 Antony Legionary denarii, making it one of the most common varieties of the series. However, an example with a verifiable old provenance, such as this coin, is quite rare.
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Jay GT4  [Jul 07, 2019 at 12:00 PM]
Wow, that is a wonderful coin
Norbert  [Jul 07, 2019 at 02:52 PM]
great coin & pedigree. Congrats
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