An ancient silver denarius struck by the famous Roman general Marc Antony, between 32-31 B.C. This coin is in above-average condition for legionary denarii, with moderate wear and a banker's mark on the reverse.
Antony produced these silver coins to pay his naval fleet and army legions in preparation for civil war with Octavian, heir of Julius Caesar. The obverse side of the coin features Roman legionary standards, borne by the troops in battle, along with the words "LEG IV" - indicating this coin was used to pay the 4th legion. The reverse side of the coin features a Roman galley with rowers, along with the visible words "ANT AVG" - translated as "Antonius (aka Antony) Augustus (a military title)". The reverse side also features a Roman banker's mark in the shape of the letter "C", used to certify the coin as genuine silver for use in commerce. This coin has great historical significance, as it was produced just before the civil war that would lead to the the suicide of Mark Antony, the final destruction of the Roman Republic, and the rise of the Roman Empire.
|Years||c. 32-31 B.C.|
"ANT AVG | III VIR R P C"