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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Imperators| > |Octavian| > SH73574
Octavian, Triumvir, Consul, and Imperator, Autumn 32 - Summer 31 B.C.
In July 32 B.C., Octavian illegally obtained Antony's will and exposed it to the Roman public: it promised substantial legacies to Antony's children by Cleopatra and left instructions for shipping his body to Alexandria for burial. Rome was outraged, and the Senate declared war against Cleopatra (an important distinction, because Octavian did not want the Roman people to consider it a civil war). Octavian's forces decisively defeated the forces of Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium in Greece in September 31 B.C. In 30 B.C., Octavian chased Antony and Cleopatra to Egypt where they committed suicide. Octavian became master of the Roman world.
SH73574. Silver denarius, RIC I 253 (S), RSC I 72, BMCRR 4329, BMCRE I 611, BnF I 6 ff., Sear CRI 400, SRCV I 1549, VF, attractive toning, a couple light scratches, Italian (Rome?) mint, weight 3.923g, maximum diameter 20.5mm, die axis 135o, autumn 32 - summer 31 B.C.; obverse draped bust of Pax right, wearing stephane, hair in a bun at low back, two locks in corkscrew curls down neck, top of cornucopia behind, olive branch before; reverse Octavian advancing right in military garb, raising right hand in adlocutio, holding spear over left shoulder in left hand; ex CNG e-auction 343, lot 419; ex Colin Kirk Collection, ex CNG e-auction 165 (30 May 2007), lot 202; ex Künker 59 (26 Sep 2000), lot 386; scarce; SOLD










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