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ID:     76001047
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     FLEET COINAGE OF MARK ANTONY
Issuer:     Lucius Sempronius Atratinus
Date Ruled:     38-37 BC
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Quadrans
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     38-37 BC
Weight:     3.71 g
Die Axis:     8 h
Obverse Legend:     M·ANT·IMP·TER·COS·DES·ITER·ET·TER·III·VIR·R·P·C·
Obverse Description:     Janiform head, probably featuring Antony and Octavian
Reverse Legend:     L·ATRATINVS·AVGVR·COS·DESIG
Reverse Description:     Lituus; three pellets in inverted triangular pattern to right
Mint:     Uncertain
Primary Reference:     RPC I 1458/1 corr. (stem of prow
Reference2:     this coin)
Reference3:     Amandry, Monnayage Type II, Series 1F (D1/R- [unlisted rev. die])
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=108722
Notes:     Sale: CNG 76, Lot: 1047 Extremely rare. From the J.S. Wagner Collection.L. Sempronius Atratinus came from an ancient patrician family which, by his day had fallen on hard times. Always seeking to bolster their support among the senatorial aristocracy, the members of the Second Triumvirate would have sought out such individuals who were capable, but impoverished. Appointed augur in 40 BC, he was apparently a partisan of Antony, who appointed him pro-praetorian legate in Greece between 39 and 37 BC, and pro-praetorian praefectus classis under Calpurnius Bibulus in 36 BC. His acclamatio as consul designatus was deferred until 34 BC, when he was appointed suffect consul. Though pardoned by Augustus, he never rose any higher, but continued to serve in a religious capacity as augur until his death in AD 7.