Marc Antony and Octavian (Augustus), grew in power and in animosity towards each other. In 40 BC, a temporary halt was declared between the two men. Under the terms of the pact Antony married Octavian’s sister, Octavia. This coin was struck to commemorate the marriage of Antony and Octavia.
This silver cistophorus was produced at the mint of Ephesos, modern day Turkey, in part to celebrate the union. On the reverse appears the standard design of a cistophorus : a chest known as a cista surrounded by snakes. The bust of Octavia is above the cistophorus , which is flanked by Antony’s title, IIIVIR RPC
Obverse: Inscription: M. ANTONIVS IMP . COS . DESIG ITER . ET TERT, head of Antony bound with ivy all within ivy-wreath.
Reverse: Inscription: III. VIR . R . P . C ., head of Octavia on the cista mystica between two interlaced serpents with heads erect.
Diameter: 26 mm
Made in the USA
Packaged in a coin collecting flip with the description of coin printed on flip insert.