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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 471

The Triumvirs. Mark Antony. Autumn 32-spring 31 BC. AR Denarius (17.5mm, 3.64 g, 6h). Legionary issue. Patrae(?) mint.


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 471.

Closing Date: May 20 2021 11:00 ET

Roman Republican, Silver

Estimate: $ 1 500

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The Triumvirs. Mark Antony. Autumn 32-spring 31 BC. AR Denarius (17.5mm, 3.64 g, 6h). Legionary issue. Patrae(?) mint. Praetorian galley right / Three signa decorated with wreaths and rostra; CHORTIS • SPECVLATORVM around above. Crawford 544/12; CRI 386; RSC 6; Sydenham 1214; RBW 1837. Toned. Good VF. Rare with a complete legend.

Ex Leo Benz Collection (Lanz 88, 23 November 1998), lot 853.

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 that was further developed during the empire under Augustus.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 117 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 May 2021. This lot is in Session 2, which begins 19 May 2021 at 2 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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