Classical Numismatic Group > Triton XXVIIAuction date: 9 January 2024
Lot number: 644

Price realized: 850 USD   (Approx. 779 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:

The Triumvirs. Mark Antony. Autumn 32-spring 31 BC. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.55 g, 4h). Legionary type. Patrae(?) mint. Praetorian galley right; ANT AVG above, III VIR • R • P • C below / Three signa decorated with wreaths and rostra; CHORTIS • SPECVLATORVM above. Crawford 544/12; CRI 386; Sydenham 1214; RSC 6; BMCRR East 185; Kestner 3841; RBW 1837. Old cabinet toning, banker's marks on obverse, minor scratches, obverse scrape, area of weak strike, edge filing. VF. Rare.

From the Collection of a Texas Wine Doctor, purchased from C. H. Wolfe, 26 October 1989. Ex Tom McKenna FPL 1-10 (October 1981), no. 30.

Serving as scouts and messengers, the cohortes speculatorum filled the role of spies within each legion. Normally ten in number per legion, Mark Antony created a special group of cohortes who specifically served around him, carrying out personal instructions and protecting his well-being, essentially acting as an early secret service – a concept which was further developed during the empire under Augustus.

Estimate: 750 USD