M. Aemilius Lepidus, Rome 61 BC

M. Aemilius Lepidus, Rome 61 BC


AR Denarius, 3.66g (16mm, 5h). Laureate and diademed female bust right; palm branch behind / Equestrian statue of M. Lepidus, right, holding trophy; [AN•XV•PR]•H•O•C•S• around; M•LEPIDV[S] in exergue

Pedigree: Ex Vico 28, Feb 1985, lot 67

References: Aemilia 22a; BMC 3644; Crawford 419/1c; Sydenham 830a

Grade: A seldom encountered early coin. Cabinet toning and good strike. Slightly off-center on reverse and right legend missing. A bit rough overall. Good VF (rr1067)

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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.