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ID:     721355
Type:     Roman Republican
Issuer:     L. Pinarius Scarpus and C. Julius Caesar (Octavianus)
Date Ruled:     31 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Denarius
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC 31
Weight:     4.41 g
Die Axis:     1 h
Obverse Legend:     IMP CAESARI SCARPVS IMP
Obverse Description:     Open right hand left
Reverse Legend:     DIVI F AVG PONG (sic)
Reverse Description:     Victory standing right on globe, holding palm-branch and wreath
Mint:     Cyrenaica
Primary Reference:     Crawford 546/6
Reference2:     RSC 500
Reference3:     Syd 1282
Reference4:     RIC 534; CRI 413
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=85123
Grade:     EF, lightly toned
Notes:     Sale: CNG 72, Lot: 1355 Very rare, and one of the finest specimens known. L. Pinarius Scarpus had been appointed by Antony to command his four legions in Cyrenaica against Octavian's African army which was under the command of Cornelius Gallus. After learning of Antony's defeat at Actium, Scarpus transferred his allegiance to Octavian. This issue was struck shortly after the battle of Actium, the open hand signaling a gesture of friendship toward Octavian.