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Item: i16941

Certified Authentic Ancient Roman Coin of:

Mark Antony - Silver Denarius 20mm (2.92 grams)
Struck at Actium 32-31 B.C. for Marc Antony's XVI Legion
Reference: RSC 48; B. 126; B.M.C. 211; Syd. 1236; Craw. 544/31
ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley right.
LEG XVI, Legionary eagle between two standards.
* Numismatic Note: .This coin was struck by Antony for the use of his fleet and legions when he was preparing for the struggle with Octavian. These coins furnish an interesting record of the number of legions of which Antony's army was composed. These denarii are of baser metal than the ordinary currency of the time and might be described as "money of necessity."

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The Battle of Actium, by Lorenzo A. Castro, painted 1672.The Battle of Actium was the decisive confrontation of the Final War of the Roman Republic . It was fought between the forces of Octavian and the combined forces of Mark Antony and Cleopatra . The battle took place on 2 September 31 BC, on the Ionian Sea near the Roman colony of Actium in Greece . Octavian's fleet was commanded by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa , while Antony's fleet was supported by the ships of his beloved, Cleopatra VII, Queen of Ptolemaic Egypt .

Octavian's victory enabled him to consolidate his power over Rome and its dominions. To that end, he adopted the title of Princeps ("first citizen") and as a result of the victory was awarded the title of Augustus by the Roman Senate. As Augustus, he would retain the trappings of a restored Republican leader; however, historians generally view this consolidation of power and the adoption of these honorifics as the end of the Roman Republic and the beginning of the Roman Empire .

Marcus Antonius (in Latin : M?ANTONIVS?M?F?M?N) ( c. January 14, 83 BC?August 1, 30 BC), known in English as Mark Antony, was a Roman politician and General . He was an important supporter and the loyal friend of Gaius Julius Caesar as a military commander and administrator, being Caesar's second cousin, once removed, by his mother Julia Antonia . After Caesar's assassination , Antony formed an official political alliance with Octavian ( Augustus ) and Marcus Aemilius Lepidus , known to historians today as the Second Triumvirate .

The triumvirate broke up in 33 BC. Disagreement between Octavian and Antony erupted into civil war, the Final War of the Roman Republic , in 31 BC. Antony was defeated by Octavian at the naval Battle of Actium , and in a brief land battle at Alexandria . He committed suicide, and his lover, Cleopatra , killed herself shortly thereafter.

 

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