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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Roman Coins| ▸ |The Imperators| ▸ |Lepidus||View Options:  |  |  | 

Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, Triumvir, died 13 B.C.

Lepidus was a faithful follower of Julius Caesar, and he served as Praetor and Consul. When Caesar was assassinated, Lepidus was in charge of the cavalry and commanded a legion. This position secured him a place in the Second Triumvirate along Marc Antony and Octavian. His cut was Africa. When Octavian attacked Sextus Pompey's Sicily, Lepidus' ships and troops supported him. In an uninspired move, Lepidus thought he could force Octavian to leave him the island. The two armies separated and isolated skirmishes occurred, but soon the soldiers sick of yet another civil war, acknowledging Octavian's superiority deserted Lepidus en-masse. Lepidus left the island as a simple civilian, retaining only his priesthood, but he was the only defeated Imperator not to suffer a violent death.

Roman Republic, M. Aemilius Lepidus, c. 61 B.C.

|Lepidus|, |Roman| |Republic,| |M.| |Aemilius| |Lepidus,| |c.| |61| |B.C.||denarius|
An early appearance of triumvir Lepidus as simple moneyer. He later followed the late Julius Caesar in the position of Pontifex Maximus and in 43 B.C. formed the Second Triumvirate with Octavian and Marc Antony.
SH17985. Silver denarius, SRCV I 371, Crawford 419/1, Sydenham 827, RSC I Aemilia 20, aVF, weight 3.658 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, 61 B.C.; obverse laureate and diademed female head right; reverse equestrian statue of Consul M. Aemilius Lepidus, carrying trophy; scarce; SOLD


Lepidus and Octavian, 42 B.C.

|Lepidus|, |Lepidus| |and| |Octavian,| |42| |B.C.||denarius|
SH08283. Silver denarius, RSC I Aemilia 35, F, weight 3.63 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 225o, African mint, 42 B.C.; obverse LEPIDVS PONT MAX IIIV(R) R P C, bare head of Lepidus right; reverse CAESAR IMP IIIVR R P C, bare head of Octavian right; SOLD


Roman Republic, The Second Triumvirate, Lepidus and Octavian, 42 B.C.

|Octavian|, |Roman| |Republic,| |The| |Second| |Triumvirate,| |Lepidus| |and| |Octavian,| |42| |B.C.||denarius|
From the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection. In 1909 and 1910, when he purchased this coin, Professor Armstrong lived in Rome working as a Research Associate of the Carnegie Institution in Archaeology teaching at the American School for Classical Studies. From 1918 until his death in 1935 he taught at Beloit College as head of the Department of Romance Languages. Nicknamed "Sparky" by the students, his death after a two-week illness came as a shock to the college. His coins, inherited by his son, sat in a cigar box for the next 74 years.
SH39693. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1523, RSC I Aemilia 35, RSC 2, Crawford 495/2, F, flat strike centers, weight 3.778 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, Italian mint, spring - summer 42 B.C.; obverse LEPIDVS PONT MAX IIIV(R) R P C, bare head of Lepidus right; reverse CAESAR IMP IIIVR R P C, bare head of Octavian right; old "cigar box" collection toning; from the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection, handwritten envelope notes, "Champion, Purchase, 1909 - 1910"; rare; SOLD







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