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    Antony's Younger Brother

    Marc Antony as Triumvir (43-31 BC), with Lucius Antony. AR denarius (21mm, 3.69 gm, 1h).  Military mint in Greece or Asia Minor, 41 BC, moneyer L. Cocceius Nerva. M • ANT • IMP • AVG • III • VIR • R • P • C  M • NERVA PROQ • P, bare head of Marc Antony right / L • ANTONIVS COS, bare head of Lucius Antonius right. Crawford 517/5a. Sydenham 1185. CRI 246;  3.81g, 19mm, 12h. Attractive old toning. NCG XF 5/5 - 4/5 Fine Style.

    Youngest of the Antony brothers, Lucius Antonius "Pietas" began his career as a quaestor in Asia in 50 BC. After the formation of the Second Triumvirate, Lucius served as a general during the war against the Assassins, and was appointed Consul in 41 BC. His hostility toward Octavian provoked a 'cold war' between the two Triumvirs, which escalated into open conflict when Lucius, with Mark Antony's tacit approval, began raising his own army in central Italy. He was joined in agitating against Octavian by Mark Antony's fiery wife Fulvia. Octavian responded by trapping Lucius and Fulvia in Perusia and putting the city under siege. The two surrendered in 40 BC; Octavian initially spared them but both died rather conveniently of "natural causes" the same year. This rare denarius, which bears the portraits of both Antony brothers, was struck at an unknown eastern mint under the control of Mark Antony after Lucius assumed the consulship in mid-41 BC. As these coins probably circulated entirely in the east, it is unlikely Lucius Antony ever handled a coin with his own portrait!


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