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    Superb Antony/Octavian, Ex Kern

    Mark Antony and Octavian (41 BC). AR denarius (20mm, 3.94 gm, 11h). NGC Choice AU ★ 4/5 - 5/5, Fine Style. Mark Antony and Octavian as Imperators and Triumvirs (43-30 BC). AR denarius (20mm, 3.65 gm, 11h)).  Ephesus, 41 BC. By M. Barbatus. M · ANT· IMP· AVG· III VIR· R· P· C· M· BARBAT· Q· P (MP and AV in monogram), bare head right of Antony / CAESAR· IMP· PONT· III· VIR· R· P· C, bare head right of Octavian. Crawford 517/2. RCV 1504. RSC 8. Beautiful rich toning over choice silver surfaces.

    Ex Lexington Collection of Jonathan K. Kern (Heritage 3035, 3 September 2014), lot 29181; ex Triton IX (10 January 2006), lot 1359. 

    Following the murder of Julius Caesar, power fell into the hands of Marc Antony, Caesar's loyal lieutenant and commander of cavalry. Antony's position was soon challenged from an unexpected direction when Caesar's 18-year-old grand-nephew, Gaius Octavius, popularly known as Octavian, arrived in Rome to claim his legacy as Caesar's heir. The youth proved unnaturally canny at securing the loyalty of Caesar's followers and became a full member of the new ruling Triumvirate. This denarius, struck in mid-41 BC in the eastern half of the Empire ruled by Antony, puts the political situation in stark terms, with Antony and Octavian, still sporting youthful long sideburns, on opposite sides. While Antony occupies the dominant obverse, Octavian calls himself by the magical name Caesar, which would soon become a title for all Roman emperors.


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