Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 28Auction date: 9 December 2023
Lot number: 3255

Price realized: 420 CHF   (Approx. 477 USD / 443 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:

Mark Antony, 44-30 BC. Denarius (Silver, 16 mm, 3.78 g, 5 h), military mint moving with Mark Antony (Patrae?), 32-31. ANT•AVG - III•VIR•R•P•C Galley right, with scepter tied with fillet on prow. Rev. LEG XII Aquila between two signa. Babelon (Antonia) 119. Crawford 544/26. CRI 365. RBW -. Sydenham 1230. Struck slightly off center and with some cleaning scratches, otherwise, about extremely fine.

From the T. Frisbie Collection, privately acquired from Pegasi before 2011.

Legio XII, which later came to be known as Fulminata ('Thunderbolt-bearer'), was levied by Caesar in 58 BC in preparation for the battle against the Nervians. It received its cognomen from its emblem, a thunderbolt, and another cognomen of this legion, also attested by the legionary denarii of Mark Antony, was Antiqua ('the old'). It served under Caesar's command in the wars against the Pompeians, and later went over to Antony. Legio XII survived Actium and Octavian's subsequent reforms, serving for several centuries in the East, where it was still guarding the Euphrates River crossing near Melitene at the beginning of the 5th century.

Starting price: 75 CHF