Timeless are pleased to offer a lovely little Silver Legionary Denarius of the politician and general, Mark Antony.
Mark Antony (of ‘Antony and Cleopatra fame’) was a favoured general of Julius Caesar and served with him during the conquest of Gaul — a militaristic endeavour that made Caesar fabulously wealthy and a hero to his legions, setting him firmly on the road to dictatorship.
According to Cicero, Mark Antony was born to a father who was so inept and incompetent that he was only given a position of power because he was intellectually incapable of abusing it. There was little love lost between Cicero and Mark Antony — a relationship that would eventually end with Mark Antony having Cicero’s hands chopped off and nailed to the Rostra in the Forum Romanum — the place where Cicero had delivered many scathing speeches criticizing Mark Antony.
While Marc Antony may not have been the greatest politician of his time, his courage and military prowess was recognised by Caesar, and he was made second in command and ‘Master of the Horse’ (essentially the chief lieutenant) during Caesar’s dictatorship.
The coin dates to around 32 - 31 B.C., a time during which Antony and Cleopatra were at war with Octavian – later to become the first emperor, Augustus. It displays a trireme warship on the obverse and the legionary eagle, standards and LEG XX (Twentieth Legion) on the reverse. Legio XX was one of the four legions to invade Britannia around seventy years later.
Supplied with documentation – now available in the Timeless Galleries
ROMAN SILVER COIN OF MARK ANTONY
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019.