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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ Roman Coins ▸ The Imperators ▸ LepidusView Options:  |  |  | 

Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, Triumvir, died 13 B.C.

Lepidus was a faithful follower of Julius Caesar, and he served as Praetor and Consul. When Caesar was assassinated, Lepidus was in charge of the cavalry and commanded a legion. This position secured him a place in the Second Triumvirate along Marc Antony and Octavian. His cut was Africa. When Octavian attacked Sextus Pompey's Sicily, Lepidus' ships and troops supported him. In an uninspired move, Lepidus thought he could force Octavian to leave him the island. The two armies separated and isolated skirmishes occurred, but soon the soldiers sick of yet another civil war, acknowledging Octavian's superiority deserted Lepidus en-masse. Lepidus left the island as a simple civilian, retaining only his priesthood, but he was the only defeated Imperator not to suffer a violent death.

Marc Antony and Lepidus, Triumvirs, 26 November 43 - 36 B.C.

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According to Crawford, this issue was struck sometime between 30 May 43 B.C. and early 42 B.C., during the time Antony was Proconsul of Cisalpine and Transalpine Gaul and Lepidus was Proconsul of Narbonensis Gaul and Spain.
RR84164. Silver quinarius, cf. Crawford 489/3, RSC I Lepidus 3, Sydenham 1158, BMCRR Gaul 33, SRCV I 1500 (other varieties with legend variations), aF, many banker's marks, weight 1.651 g, maximum diameter 12.9 mm, die axis 90o, Transalpine Gaul mint, Jun 43 - early 42 B.C.; obverse M ANT IMP (or similar), implements of the augurate: lituus (wand), capis (jug), and raven; reverse LEP IMP (or similar), implements of the pontificate: simpulum (ladle), aspergillum (ladle), securis (sacrificial ax), and apex (priest's hat); $120.00 (106.80)

Roman Republic, M. Aemilius Lepidus, c. 61 B.C.

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An early appearance of triumvir Lepidus as simple moneyer. He later followed the late Julius Caesar in the position of Pontifex Maximus and in 43 B.C. formed the Second Triumvirate with Octavian and Marc Antony.
SH17985. Silver denarius, SRCV I 371, Crawford 419/1, Sydenham 827, RSC I Aemilia 20, aVF, weight 3.658 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, 61 B.C.; obverse laureate and diademed female head right; reverse equestrian statue of Consul M. Aemilius Lepidus, carrying trophy; scarce; SOLD

Lepidus and Octavian, 42 B.C.

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SH08283. Silver denarius, RSC I Aemilia 35, F, weight 3.63 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 225o, African mint, 42 B.C.; obverse LEPIDVS PONT MAX IIIV(R) R P C, bare head of Lepidus right; reverse CAESAR IMP IIIVR R P C, bare head of Octavian right; SOLD



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