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    Rare Antony Portrait, Ex Mazzini

    Marc Antony as Triumvir (43-31 BC). AV aureus (21mm, 8.06 gm, 4h).  Mint traveling with Antony in Asia (Ephesus?), early 41 BC. ANT AVG [ligatured] • IMP III • V R • P • C, bare head of Antony right / Pietas standing left, holding tiller in right hand and cornucopia cradled in left arm, stark standing at feet to left, PIETAS • COS in exergue. Crawford 516/1. Sydenham 1173. BMCRR Gaul 69. Babelon, Antonia 43. Cohen 76. CRI 240 (this coin shown). Calicó 103 (this coin illustrated). Very rare! One of the finest examples extant of this rarity, with a distinguished pedigree. NGC (photo-certificate) XF? 5/5 - 3/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Sotheby's (Zurich, 26 October 1993), lot 88; NFA XXII (1989) lot 18; Mazzini Collection, Vol. I (1957), 76. 

    The refined portrait  of Mark Antony on this rare aureus is remarkable for a coin struck at a military mint; likely it was struck while Antony was in residence in Ephesus (prior to his famous meeting with Cleopatra) and benefited from the presence of outstanding Greek artisans. The allusion to Pietas on the reverse is likely a reference to Mark Antony's brother, Lucius Antony, who bore the cognomen Pietas. Lucius was entering into his first Consulship in 41 BC and would soon team up with Antony's ferocious wife Fulvia to initiate a civil war against his erstwhile Triumviral partner, Octavian. The stork pictured at the feet of the goddess is also a symbol of familial piety and was no doubt intended to express hopes for a successful term of office for Lucius. 

    All Roman gold coins from the Dimitriadis Collection have been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. These may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. Please e-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.




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