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    Outstanding Senatorial Aureus

    L. Cestius and C. Norbanus (43 BC). AV aureus (22mm, 8.05 gm, 10h).  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! Struck on an exceptionally broad, round flan with a full border of dots on both sides. Signs of double-striking, otherwise fully lustrous. NGC MS 4/5 - 4/5. 

    From The Lexington Collection of Jonathan K. Kern. 

    This is the second type issued by the Senatorial forces opposed to Marc Antony during the strange political maneuvering following the assassination of Julius Caesar in March, 44 BC. For a time a majority of the Senate backed a compromise arrangement between the Consul Marc Antony, a supporter of Caesar, and the cadre of assassins led by Brutus and Cassius, whereby the assassins were given amnesty while all of Caesar's new laws, edicts and appointments were ratified. After Antony's term of office expired, the pact broke down; the Senate backed the assassins and prepared for war against Antony, who vowed to avenge Caesar. 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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