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ID:     859157
Type:     Roman Republican
Issuer:     M. Aemilius Lepidius and C. Julius Caesar (Octavianus)
Date Ruled:     Spring-summer 42 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Denarius
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Spring-summer 42
Diameter:     16 mm
Weight:     3.87 g
Die Axis:     8 h
Obverse Legend:     LEPIDVS ·PONT ·MAX – III ·V ·R ·P ·C
Obverse Description:     Bare head of Lepidus right
Reverse Legend:     CAESAR ·IMP ·III · – VIR ·R ·P ·C
Reverse Description:     Bare head of Octavian right
Mint:     Military
Primary Reference:     Crawford 495/2a
Reference2:     RSC 2a
Reference3:     Sydenham 1323
Reference4:     CRI 140
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Good VF, toned
Notes:     Exceptional portrait of Lepidus. This issue was struck by Lepidus to commemorate the foundation of the Second Triumvirate, and was probably struck from the proceeds of the proscriptions in preparation for the campaign against Brutus and Cassius in 42 BC. Lepidus is shown with the title Pontifus Maximus, an office which he received after the assassination of Julius Caesar and held until his death in 12 BC.