Roman Imperators, Marc Antony and Octavian - The Triumvirate Reaffirmed

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Struck in the Wast in the period of relative peace following the Triumvirate's defeat of Brutus and Cassius, this aureus represents a reaffirmation of the bond between the victors. It also demonstrates the improvement of Octavian's standing within the Triumvirate itself, as he now received Spain which was taken from Lepidus. Lepidus was reduced to holding only Africa, and he assumed a clearly tertiary role in the Triumvirate; his portraits on Roman coinage, already few in number, disappear entirely.

Marc Antony and Octavian AV Aureus. M. Barbatius Pollio, quaestor pro praetore. Mint moving with Antony (Ephesus ?), spring – summer 42 BC. M·ANT·IMP AVG III VIR·R·P·C M·BARBAT·Q·P, bare head of M. Antony right / CAESAR·IMP·PONT·III·VIR·R·P·C, bare head of Octavian right. Babelon Antonia 50 and Barbatia 1; C. 7; Bahrfeldt 77; Sydenham 1180; Sear Imperators 242; Calicó 109; Crawford 517/1a. 8.15g, 21mm, 3h.

Near Extremely Fine, very well preserved for the type. Rare.