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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 Marc Antony in Cyrenaica (including the eighth legion which appears on the reverse of the first type of Scarpus). According to tradition, Scarpus was also a great-grandnephew of Julius Caesar and was lying on the will of the Dictator. He fought in the Caesarian camp at the battle of Philippi in 42 BC. He then joined the camp of Marc Antoine to which he remained faithful until 31 BC. After the battle of Actium (September 2 31 BC) he changed sides to join that of Octavian, preventing any resistance from the province of Cyrenaica and making possible an invasion of Egypt from the west. It seems that Pinarius Scarpus had his title of Imperator confirmed by Octavian and then retired to private life..

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