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Roman Imperational, Mark Antony, AR Legionary Denarius, struck 32-31 BC

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Information: Legionary coinage issued by by Mark Antony
Origin: mint travelling with Mark Antony
Authority: Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony)
Denomination: AR Denarius
Composition: Silver
Date: 32-31 BC
Obverse: ANT AVC / III·VIR·R·P·C, Galley right, with rowers; a standard is placed at the prow
Reverse: LEC VI, Three standards, a legionary Aquila between two signa
Size: 17.09mm, 3.7g, 6h
Grade: gVF, tight flan, boldly struck, nice cabinet toning
Provenance: ex Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 114, Part II (7 May 2019), Lot 1379
References: BMCRR II EAST 197; Babelon Antonia 111; Cohen I 33; Sydenham 1223; Sear Imperators 356; RBW 1841; Crawford 544/19
General: These legionary denarii were issued by Mark Antony before the Battle of Actium in 32 BC to pay his legions and fleet. LEC VI ('C' for G on this coin) on the reverse refers to Legio VI, the Sixth Ironclad Legion which fought with him in Cisalpine Gaul and against Pompey at the Battle of Pharsalus in 48 BC. The obverse reads ANT AVG (‘C’ for G) abbreviating Antonius augurs, to identify the position he held as College of Augur. III VIR R P C abbreviates Triumvir republican constituendae, meaning one of the men of the three men for the restoration of the republic, referring to his membership of the Second Trimvirate together with Octavian and Lepidus.
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