CLEOPATRA AND MARC ANTONY SILVER DENARIUS – PLATE COIN IN BANTI’S MONUMENTAL WORK ON ROMAN COINAGE AND PROVENANCED TO RATTO’S 1930 MARTINI SALE – NGC GRADED CHOICE VF STAR ROMAN IMPERATORIAL COIN (Inv. 14067)
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL. CLEOPATRA VII and MARC ANTONY
Silver denarius, 3.68 g., 18 mm., 12h, struck ca. 34/32 BC likely in Alexandria.
Obv. ANTONI • ARMENIA • DEVICTA, head of Marc Antony right, Armenian tiara in left field.
Rev. [CL]EOPATRAE REGINAE • REGVM • FILIOR[VM • REGVM], diademed and draped bust of Cleopatra right, prow at right.
Crawford 543/1; CRI 345; Sydenham 1210.
Published: A. Banti & L. Simonetti, Corpus Nummorum Romanorum II (1973), p. 127, no. 4 (this coin, illustrated with its provenance cited).
Ex Martini Collection, sold at Ratto, 2/24/1924, 1391.
NGC graded CHOICE VF STAR, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, the exceptional pedigree listed on the holder. Likely struck in Egypt, the denarius features for the first time the portrait of a foreign monarch on a Roman coin. Here, side by side with Antony, her Roman husband, Cleopatra proclaims herself as “Queen of Kings” and asserts the status of her children as “kings.”