The Roman Republic
Estimate: 1'500 CHF
Starting price: 1'200 CHF
Price realized: 2'000 CHF
Marcus Antonius. Quinarius, Lugdunum 42, AR 1.75 g. III·VIR· – R·P·C Bust of Victory (Fulvia) r. Rev. ANTONI Lion walking r.; at sides, A – X[LI]. In exergue, IMP. Babelon Antonia 32. C 3. Sydenham 1163. RPC 513. Sear Imperators 126. Woytek Arma et Nummi p. 558. RBW 1713. Crawford 489/6.
Scarce and in exceptional condition for the issue. Unusually complete and
with a light iridescent tone, about extremely fine / good very fine Ex Waddell 75, 1999, 110 and Helios 4, 2009, 186 sales.
Illustrated on www.romancoins.info, section imagines imperatorum
In this quinarius the letters ”A – XLI” are in addtition to the name of Marcus Antonius, likely representing his age of 41. What makes this coin special is the depiction of Victory with very characteristic features which, in my opinion, could be the portrait of Marcus Antonius’ wife Fulvia, a very active politician trying to support her husband while he was away from Rome. AMP.