MARK ANTONY AND OCTAVIAN, 41 BC.(AR 3.93g 12h) Ephesus mint Iridescent Highlights/Excellent Silver Quality (NGC 5/5 - 4/5) Choice EF. Rare this nice.

Ancient Coins - MARK ANTONY AND OCTAVIAN, 41 BC.(AR 3.93g 12h) Ephesus mint  Iridescent Highlights/Excellent Silver Quality (NGC 5/5 - 4/5) Choice EF. Rare this nice.
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MARK ANTONY AND OCTAVIAN, 41 BC. (AR 3.93g 12h)    Ephesus mint    (M. Barbatius Pollio, moneyer)
OBV. M.ANT.IMP.AVG.III.VIR.R.P.C.M.BARBAT.Q.P., Bare head of Antony right. Border of dots.
RV. CAESAR.IMP.PONT.III.VIR.R.P.C., Bare head of Octavian right, wearing slight beard. Border of dots.
Crawford 517/2       CRI 243        Sydenham 1181        RSC 8a.  
     
      This coin is a perfect example of the type and quite an extraordinary coin. It has a iridescent "rainbow-colored" patina, perfect centering and strike, and a clear, visible legend. Very difficult to find a nicer example. 
  
 
       Julius Caesar was assassinated, and  his power was then shared between Mark Antony, the Dictator’s trusted friend, and Octavian, Caesar’s great-nephew and heir to the throne, substantiated by Caesar's will. Antony and Octavian united, binding themselves, along with Lepidus in the “Second Triumvirate”. This was a strenuous relationship, as all three individuals desired to acquire supreme power. Antony, being older than Octavian, believed that he was the senior member. Octavian, at 19 years old, and Caesar’s legal heir due in part to the will, thought otherwise. This denarius with both portraits depicts Antony’s thoughts and motives in the developing iconography of the new alliance. Antony on the obverse and Octavian on the reverse demonstrated that Antony was in charge, while Octavian on the reverse assumed a subordinate roll. The coin even shows Octavian with a slight beard signifying his youth. In 40 BC. Octavian’s sister married Antony to strengthen and renew the triumvirate. The political alliance ultimately didn't succeed which resulted in a civil war which was fought at Actium where Antony was defeated.

Ancient Coins - MARK ANTONY AND OCTAVIAN, 41 BC.(AR 3.93g 12h) Ephesus mint  Iridescent Highlights/Excellent Silver Quality (NGC 5/5 - 4/5) Choice EF. Rare this nice.
Ancient Coins - MARK ANTONY AND OCTAVIAN, 41 BC.(AR 3.93g 12h) Ephesus mint  Iridescent Highlights/Excellent Silver Quality (NGC 5/5 - 4/5) Choice EF. Rare this nice.
Ancient Coins - MARK ANTONY AND OCTAVIAN, 41 BC.(AR 3.93g 12h) Ephesus mint  Iridescent Highlights/Excellent Silver Quality (NGC 5/5 - 4/5) Choice EF. Rare this nice.
Ancient Coins - MARK ANTONY AND OCTAVIAN, 41 BC.(AR 3.93g 12h) Ephesus mint  Iridescent Highlights/Excellent Silver Quality (NGC 5/5 - 4/5) Choice EF. Rare this nice.
Price SKU: 345
US$ 3,600.00
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