Ancient Power CoupleSYRIA. Antioch(?). Cleopatra and Marc Antony, rulers of the East (39-31 BC). AR tetradrachm (25mm, 15.12 gm, 12h). NGC Choice VF 4/5 - 3/5. Struck 36 BC. BACIΛICCA KΛЄOΠA[TPA ΘЄA NЄΩTЄPA], diademed bust of Cleopatra right, hair in cornrows and wearing beaded earrings, necklace, and embroidered dress / ANTΩNIOC AVTOKPATΩP TRITON TPIΩN ANΔPΩN, bare head of Antony right. RPC I 4094. McAlee 174. Prieur 27. BMC 53. HGC 9, 1361. Rare! With two detailed portraits of the ancient world's foremost power couple. Attractively toned and pleasing. NGC Choice VF 4/5 - 3/5.
This remarkable silver tetradrachm type, struck at the conclusion of Antony's Armenian campaign of 36 BC, clearly shows that Cleopatra was the dominant party in her partnership with the Roman triumvir. Her portrait is shown on the obverse of the coin, and the titles tout her as "Queen Cleopatra, new goddess," while Antony remains only a mortal "victorious general and Triumvir."
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