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Sale: CNG 61, Lot: 1572. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2002. 
Sold For $850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LEPIDUS & OCTAVIAN. 42 BC. AR Denarius (3.53 gm). Bare head of Lepidus right / Bare head of Octavian right. Crawford 495/2c; Sear, CRI 140; Sydenham 1323; RSC 2. Toned VF, typical soft strike in centers. Rare. ($500)

Ex The Miguel Muñoz Collection (Superior, 12-15 June 1978), lot 2644.

This issue was struck by Lepidus to commemorate the foundation of the Second Triumvirate, and was probably struck from the proceeds of the proscriptions in preparation for the campaign against Brutus and Cassius in 42 BC. Lepidus is shown with the title Pontif Maximus, an office which he received after the assassination of Julius Caesar and held until his death in 12 BC.