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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 674

The Triumvirs. Mark Antony and Octavia. Summer-autumn 39 BC. AR Cistophorus (27.5mm, 11.85 g, 12h). Ephesus mint.


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 674.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

360 Photo, Roman Republican, Silver

Sold For $ 9 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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The Triumvirs. Mark Antony and Octavia. Summer-autumn 39 BC. AR Cistophorus (27.5mm, 11.85 g, 12h). Ephesus mint. Head of Antony right, wearing ivy wreath; lituus below; all within wreath of ivy and flowers; M • ANTONIVS • IMP • COS • DESIG • ITER ET TERT around / Draped bust of Octavia right above cista mystica, flanked by interlaced serpents with heads erect; III • VIR • R • P • C • around. CRI 262; Sydenham 1197; RSC 2; RPC I 2201. Lightly toned, a few light marks, minor flan flaws on the reverse. EF. Exceptional centering and strike, and very rare as such.

From the Benito Collection. Ex CNG Inventory 755837 (May 2005); Triton VII (12 January 2004), lot 838.

Shortly after the Battle of Philippi in 42 BC, cracks began to appear in the Second Triumvirate. Antony's affair with Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, and his designs on Rome’s eastern holdings, prompted Octavian to formulate a binding agreement that would buy him time. At Brundisium a pact was signed, bringing about a reconciliation and some semblance of peace. As a condition of this reconciliation, Antony was married to Octavian’s widowed sister, Octavia. She stayed with him in Athens while he continued to prepare for a war against Parthia, and where, in 39 BC, he was associated with the “New Dionysus”. In 37 BC, she helped negotiate the Pact of Tarentum, which renewed the triumvirate until 33 BC. Antony, by this time, however, had renewed his affair with Cleopatra. He remained in the East, where he married the queen, and subsequently fathered several children. In 32 BC, as a renewal of civil war became imminent, Antony divorced Octavia. In the aftermath of Antony’s death, Octavia, known for her loyalty and nobilty, brought Antony’s surviving children to Rome to live with her.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 114 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 13-14 May 2020. This lot is in Session 2, which begins 13 May 2020 at 2 PM ET.

UPDATE: As the CNG staff and many of our clients remain under social distancing and other restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNG 114 will be held as an internet only auction. The sale will take place as scheduled on 13-14 May 2020.

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