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    Africa Personified

    L. Cestius and C. Norbanus (43 BC). AV aureus (21mm, 8.08 gm, 1h).  Rome, January-April 43 BC. Draped bust of Africa right, wearing elephant skin headdress over helmet, border of dots /  L • CESTIVS / S • C - P R, curule chair with legs decorated with eagles; C • NORBA in exergue. Crawford 491/1. CRI 195. Calicó 3 (R2). Rare! Well struck from dies of fine style and lustrous. NGC Choice AU? 5/5 - 4/5. 

    From The Lexington Collection.

    This is the second type issued by the Senatorial forces opposed to Marc Antony, depicting a bust of Africa. Two of the new Senatorial legions were raised in Africa, reflected by the personification on the obverse. The curule chair on the reverse reflects the authority of the Consuls and Praetors. The alliance between Octavian and Senate would proved short-lived and the latter's renewed authority was swept away when Octavian, Antony and Lepidus formed the Second Triumvirate. 


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