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Triton XV, Lot: 1486. Estimate $1500.
Sold for $5000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

The Triumvirs. Octavian. Autumn 30-summer 29 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 4.07 g, 3h). Italian (Rome?) mint. Bare head right / IMP CAESAR on the architrave of Octavian’s Actian arch (arcus Octaviani), showing a single span surmounted by Octavian in facing triumphal quadriga. CRI 422; RIC I 267; RSC 123; BMCRE 624 = BMCRR Rome 4348; BN 66. Near EF, toned, traces of porosity and light cleaning scratches under tone. Bold portrait.

From the Deyo Collection. Ex Coin Galleries (12 April 2000), lot 402.

This is the Actian Arch, a modest structure consisting of a single arcade and surmounted by a sculptural group of Octavian in a triumphal quadriga. Decreed by the Senate, it was constructed in the Forum, although its actual location and eventual fate remain uncertain.