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Rome - The Republic

Moneyer: M. Aemilius Lepidus
Held Office: 61 BC
Denomination: AR Denarius
Mint: Rome
Obverse: Diademed head of female (Roma?) right.
Reverse: Equestrian statue of M. Aemilius Lepidus (Consul 187 & 175 BC), right, holding trophy. "M•LEPIDVS" in Exergue.
Reference: RCVM 371, RSC Aemilia 21b, RRC 419/1b
Weight: 3.4 gms
Diameter: 18.9 mm
Comment: The design of this coin may refer to an ancestor who served in the army as a boy and killed an enemy, saving the life of a citizen.

LEPIDUS (Marcus Aemilius Lepidus) c. 90-13 BC

was the son of the consul Marcus Aemilius Lepidus who was defeated by Pompey the Great. The younger Lepidus was an ally of Mark Antony in the civil war following the assassination of Julius Caesar. At the time he commanded the only army near Rome. With Mark Antony and the Gaius Octavius, or Octavian, later Emperor Augustus, Lepidus formed the government known as the Second Triumvirate. His provincial authority was usurped by his co-rulers. Discontented, he led a revolt against Octavian in Sicily in 36 BC, but was defeated and forced to retire to private life at Circeii, near Naples.

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