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Roman Imitatives

Issuers: Octavian and Mark Antony: 2nd Triumvirate (with Lepidus)
Held Office: Moneyer: M. Barbatius Pollio. 41 BC
Denomination: Silver-plated AE (fourrée), imitating a Denarius of Antony's in the East.
Mint: (original) mint moving with M. Antonius 41 BC
Obverse: Bare head of Mark Antony, right "M•ANT•IMP•AVG•III•VIR•R•P•C•M•BARBAT•Q•P" (MP and AV in monogram)
Reverse: Bare head of Octavian, right "CAESAR•IMP•PONT•III•VIR•R•P•C"
Reference: RCVM 1504, *HCRI 243, RRC 517/2
Weight: 3.6 gms
Diameter: 20.4 mm
Comment: *HCRI= The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators 49-27 BC by David R Sear.

"BARBAT" = M. Barbatius Pollio, one of Antony's 3 lieutenants.

"Q. P." = quaestor pro praetore (title of Barbatius).


This coin is a contemporary forgery. It was made with a copper flan covered with a thin covering of silver, before being struck. This one is in a good style and is little worn.

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