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Roman Imperational, Mark Antony and Octavia, AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm, 39 BC

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Commemorative coin celebrating the marriage of Mark Antony and Octavia
Ephesus mint
Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony) and Octavia
AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm
39 BC, in summer
M·ANTONIVS·IMP ·COS· DESIG·ITER ET·TERT, Heads of Antony and Octavia conjoined right; he wears wreath of ivy; all within border of dots
III·VIR / R·P·C·, The cista mystica surmounted by draped figure of Bacchus, standing left, holding two-handled cup in right hand and leaning with left on thyrsus; the cista mystica is placed between two interlaced serpents with heads erect
26.13mm, 12.2g, 12h
aEF, lightly toned
ex Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 114, Part II (7 May 2019), Lot 1376
BMCRR II East 135-137; Babelon (Antonia) 61; Cohen I 3; Sydenham 1198; Sear Imperators 263; RPC I 2202; RSC I 3
General Information:
These cistophoric tetradrachms (or medallions) commemorate the recent marriage of Antony and Octavia which took place after the treaty of Brundusium in 40 BC. The reverse features the cista mystica, whcih was a basket used for housing sacred snakes in connection with the initiation ceremony into the cult of Bacchus (Dionysus).
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