Coin 3114 — A silver cistophorus of Marcus Antonius struck 39 BC in Ephesos
Obverse: M•ANTONIVS•IMP•COS•DESIG•ITER•ET•TERT - Head of Antony right, wearing ivy wreath, lituus below; all within wreath of ivy and flowers.
Reverse: III•VIR• R•P•C - head of Octavia atop cista mystica, between twisting snakes.

"Following the death of Octavia's first husband C. Claudius Marcellus in 40 BC, her marriage to Antony sought to seal the Pact of Brundisium in which it had been agreed that Octavian would assume control of the west and Antony of the east. The striking of this type cements the agreement before the people of Ephesus, an important city, later made the capital of Asia Minor by Augustus in 27 BC. Octavia spent two winters with Antony in Athens and in 37 BC assisted in securing the Triumvirate for another 5 years at the Pact of Tarentum. Following this, Antony returned to the east and, having left Octavia behind, lived with Cleopatra VII in Egypt. Although they divorced in 32 BC, after Antony's defeat at the Battle of Actium and subsequent suicide, Octavia raised all of his surviving children by Fulvia and Cleopatra, along with her own."

Category: Roman Provincial
Subcategory: Republican Provincial
Issuer: Marcus Antonius
Year: 39 BC
Metal: AR
Denomination: Cistophorus
Diameter: 27 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 12.4 g
Zone: Asia_Minor
Region: Ionia
Mint: Ephesos
Owner: Quadricore
Date Added: 20/11/2020
RPC I 2201
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