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76001320
Sale: CNG 76, Lot: 1320. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 12 September 2007. 
Sold For $610. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Octavian. 30-29 BC. AR Denarius (3.61 g, 5h). Italian (Rome?) mint. Bare head right / Octavian’s Actian arch (arcus Octaviani) surmounted by Octavian in facing triumphal quadriga; IMP CAESAR across architrave. RIC I 267; CRI 422; RSC 123. VF, darkly toned, banker’s mark in field behind head, traces of deposits.


This single-span arch celebrating Octavian’s victory at Actium was built on the same site as the triple-span arch, the arcus Augusti. The latter arch, built in 19 BC in celebration of the recovery by Augustus of the famous standards lost by Antony and Crassus, replaced the smaller arch depicted on this coin.