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Legionary addition: Legio XIII Gemina


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Excited to have "hammered" out a deal for this coin from LAC on VCoins. Flatness and scratches aside, this is a fine example of this important legionary issue.


Mark Antony. Autumn 32-spring 31 BC. AR Denarius. Legionary issue. Patrae(?) mint. Praetorian galley right, ANT·AVG·III·VIR·R·P·C / Aquila between two signa; LEG XIII. 3.58 g, 19.5 mm. Crawford 544/27.


One of the most famous legions in Roman history, Legio XIII was formed in 57 BC by Julius Caesar to fight in the Gallic Wars. The 13th would be used extensively during the conflict and saw combat at the Sabis, Gergovia and perhaps most importantly, at Alesia. However, what followed Caesar's victory in Gaul was not only repudiation from his political rivals in the senate, but also strong threats of legal action stemming from Caesar's blatant disregard of the law during his consulship some seven years prior. As the end of his term as pro consule in Gaul drew ever near (and thus his immunity from prosecution) Caesar grew more and more brazen in challenging the senate's authority. The situation finally came to head in January 49 BC when Julius Caesar, now a rebel, crossed the Rubicon with the 13th under arms. In complete defiance of the senate Caesar thus started the civil war that would decide the fate of Roman Republic.

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