Extremely fine Marc Antony Denarius - LEG XI
Mark Antony (Marcus Antonius)
89 - 30 B.C.
Diameter: 16 mm, weight: 3.64 g.
Military mint moving with Antony (Patrae?), 32 - 31 B.C.
ANT AVG III VIR R P C
Galley r. with scepter tied with fillet on prow
Aquila between two standards
Legio XI was most probably formed by Julius Caesar 58 B.C., and served with him in Gaul and through the subsequent civil war. It was disbanded in 46 or 45 B.C., the veterans being settled in Bovianum in Italy, only to be reconstituted by the Triumvirs about 43 B.C.
During the Actium campaign, another legion with the same number (which is commemorated on this coin) served M. Antony and was either destroyed or disbanded later. The original Legio XI, which under Claudius was awarded with the epithet "Claudia Pia Fidelis", existed until into the early 5th century A.D.
Extremely fine, beautiful patina. Obverse slightly off-centered, small nick at rim
Crawford 544/25; Sydenham 1229
Acquired 2021 at a German numismatic auction house.
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