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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 703

The Triumvirs. Mark Antony. Autumn 32-spring 31 BC. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.59 g, 6h). Legionary issue. Patrae(?) mint.


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 703.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

Roman Republican, Silver

Sold For $ 3 250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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The Triumvirs. Mark Antony. Autumn 32-spring 31 BC. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.59 g, 6h). Legionary issue. Patrae(?) mint. Praetorian galley right; ANT AVG above, III VIR • R • P • C below / Three signa decorated with wreaths and rostra; CHORTIS • SPECVLATORVM around above. Crawford 544/12; CRI 386; RSC 6; Sydenham 1214; RBW 1837. Lightly toned, small area of find patina/deposits on reverse. EF. Rare and excellent for issue.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex Roma XII (29 September 2016), lot 585.

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 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.

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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