Roman Republic Mark Antony Denarius 48 - 30 BC

Obv: Head right "M ANT IMP AUG III VIR RPCM Barat Q P" around head. Rev: Octavian (Augustus) head right "CAESAR IMP PONT III RPC" around head. Metal: Silver 3.9 grams, 18 mm diameter. Condition: EF/VF.

History of Mark Antony and Octavian 

Mark Antony was elected Tribune of the people in 49 BC and became Consul in 48 BC. After Caesar's assassination, the Roman world broke into two camps: Caesar's supporters headed by Mark Antony (who campaigned with Caesar) and Octavian (Caesar's heir) versus the Senators fighting for liberty and the republic led by Bruttus and Cassius. Mark Antony and Octavian (future Augustus) defeated Brutus and Cassius at the battle of Philipi and they divided the Roman world with Mark Antony getting the East including Egypt. In Egypt, Antony became infatuated with Cleopatra. A civil war broke out between Antony and Octavian. Antony was defeated at the battle of Actium and fled with Cleopatra to Egypt where they committed suicide in 30 BC. The defeat of Egypt effectively ended Ancient Greek Civilization and starts the period of the Roman Empire.