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    Standards Restored

    Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR denarius (17mm, 3.96 gm, 5h). NGC Choice AU ★ 4/5 - 5/5.  Rome, P. Petronius Turpilianus, moneyer, 19 BC. TVRPILIANVS III VIR · FE-RON, diademed and draped bust of Feronia right / SIGN RECE CAESAR - AVGVSTVS, Parthian kneeling right, presenting standard with vexillum emblazoned X. RIC 288. RSC 484. Rare! Well centered and sharply struck in high relief, with lovely deep-iridescent toning.

    This reverse type celebrates the recovery by Augustus of the legionary standards lost to the Parthians through the disastrous campaigns of Crassus and Mark Antony in 53 and 36 BC. Augustus accomplished this triumph through diplomacy backed by military muscle. In 20 BC, Augustus embarked on a tour of the eastern provinces while his stepson Tiberius led a large army into Armenia, which had recently risen in revolt against its Parthian-installed king, Artaxes. Tiberius drove Artaxes into exile and crowned in his place Tigranes, who had been living as an honored exile in Rome for 10 years.  The Parthians, who were beset by dynastic difficulties of their own, reacted meekly to this show of force and handed over the Roman standards that had been prized possessions for many decades.


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