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Live auction - brm_577879 - ANTONIUS and OCTAVIAN Denier

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Estimate : 1 500 €
Price : 1 050 €
Maximum bid : 1 200 €
End of the sale : 16 June 2020 14:40:21
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: c. 41 AC.
Mint name / Town : Éphèse
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 950 ‰
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,89 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire, centré présentant un léger tréflage sur le portrait de Marc Antoine. Joli portrait d’Octave. Métal légèrement piqué à 6h au revers. Patine grise de collection


Obverse legend : M. ANT. I(MP). (AV)G. III. VIR. R. P. C. M. BARBAT. Q. P..
Obverse description : Tête nue de Marc Antoine à droite (O°).
Obverse translation : “Marcus Antonius Imperator Augurus Triumviri Rei Publicæ Constituandæ Marcus Barbatio Quæstor Pro Prætore”, (Marc Antoine, Imperator augure triumvir pour la restauration de la République, Marcus Barbatius Pollio questeur propréteur).


Reverse legend : CAESAR IMP. PONT. III. VIR. R. P. C.
Reverse description : Tête nue d'Octave à droite (O°).
Reverse translation : “Cæsar Imperator Pontifex, Triumviri Rei Publicæ Constituandæ”, (Octave imperator triumvir pour la restauration de la République).


Pour ce type, M. Crawford a relevé une estimation de 129 coins de droit et de 143 coins de revers.

Historical background


(41 BC)

Julius Caesar adopted his great-nephew, Octave, who finds himself propelled to the political scene at the age of eighteen.. When Caesar died in March 44 BC. -VS. , he is in Epirus. He quickly joined Rome and opposed Marc Antoine, colleague at the consulate, lieutenant and friend of Caesar. Nevertheless, Lépide, Antoine and Octave form in November 43 before J. -VS. the second triumvirate when Octave had just obtained his first consulship suffect in August 43, at nineteen years old, twenty years before the normal age. Antoine is twenty years older than Octave. He first tries to be her mentor. Relations between the two men are often rocky despite being brothers-in-law. Indeed, to seal the peace after the war of Perugia in 40 BC. -VS. , Antoine marries Octavie, the sister of Octave, during the pact of Brindisium. The agreement between Antoine and Octave ceases when Antoine, after the interview of Taranto, abandons his wife to go to live with Cleopatra VII (51-30 before J. -VS. ) before marrying her. The final break occurs in 32 BC. -VS. , when Antoine divorces Octavie and Octave publishes Marc Antoine's will. The final conflict ends with the Battle of Actium on September 2, 31 BC.. -VS. and Antoine's suicide the following year.

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