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Live auction - brm_787713 - MARC ANTOINE and PINARIUS SCARPUS Denier

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Estimate : 550 €
Price : 280 €
Maximum bid : 280 €
End of the sale : 07 March 2023 14:36:51
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Denier
Date: été 31 AC
Mint name / Town : Cyrénaïque, Cyrène
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 950 ‰
Diameter : 19,5 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 3,10 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan centré, éclaté à 3h. Joli portrait de Jupiter. Usure régulière. Patine grise


Obverse legend : M. ANTO COS. III. IMP. IIII.
Obverse description : Tête barbue et cornue de Jupiter Ammon à droite.
Obverse translation : “Marcus Antonius Consul tertium Imperator quartum”, (Marc Antoine consul pour la troisième et revêtu de la quatrième acclamation impériale).


Reverse legend : ANTONIO/ AVG - SCARPVS I(MP).
Reverse description : Victoria (la Victoire) marchant à droite, tenant une couronne de la main droite et une palme de la main gauche.
Reverse translation : “Antonio Augusto Scarpus Imperator”, (À Antoine auguste Scarpus imperator).


Pour ce type, M. Crawford a relevé une estimation inférieure à treize coins droit et inférieure à vingt-huit coins de revers pour quatre variétés. Ce type est en fait infiniment plus rare que ne le laissent paraître les ouvrages généraux.

Historical background


(31 BC)

Lucius Pinarius Scarpus commanded four legions on behalf of Mark Antony in Cyrenaica (the eighth legion which appears on the reverse of the first type of Scarpus). According to tradition, Scarpus was also a great-nephew of Julius Caesar and was lying on the will of the dictator. He fought in the cesarean at the battle of Philippi in 42 BC camp He then joined the camp of Mark Antony which he remained faithful until 31 BC After the battle of Actium (2 September 31 BC) he switched sides to join the Octave, preventing any resistance from the province of Cyrenaica and making possible invasion of Egypt by the West. It seems that Pinarius Scarpus was confirmed to as Imperator by Octave and then retired into private life.

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