Roman Republic. M. Lepidus. Rome, 61 BC

Roman Republic. M. Lepidus. Rome, 61 BC

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AR Denarius, 3.92g (20mm, 3h). Female head r., diademed. Border of dots / Horseman r., carrying trophy over shoulder below, M. LEPIDUS; AN XV OR HOCS around. Border of dots.

Pedigree: Ex Leo Benz Collection, Lanz, 23 Nov 1998, lot 120

References: Crawford 419/1e. FFC 112 (this coin). BMCRR 3641

Grade: Irregular shaped flan with a pleasant strike. Some minor die breaks on obverse. Reverse is o/c which makes some of the legend fall off the flan. Toned aEF (rr1140)

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This coin is struck under the moneyer M. Aemilius Lepidus who was part of the second triumvirate along with Octavian and Mark Antony. Crawford suggests that this is the moneyer in his study and refers to him as M. Aemilius Lepidus, III vir r.p.c. In Latin, the III vir r.p.c. title is Triumviri Rei Publicae Constituendae Consulari Potestate which translates to “three men for confirming the Republic with consular power”.

This coin would have been struck much earlier however since the second triumvirate wasn’t formed until 43 BC and this coin was struck in c. 61 BC.

The reverse of this coin pays tribute to an earlier relative of M. Aemilius Lepidus, who was of the same name but was counsel in 187. The legend is annorum XV progressus hostem occidit civem servavit which alludes to the 15 years of service that the elder Lepidus paid to the Republic.