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Roman Republic, M. Junius Brutus (Q. Caepio Brutus), 54 B.C., Ancient Counterfeit
M. Junius Brutus (also called Q. Caepio Brutus) is the most famous of Caesars assassins. Many of Brutus' coins honor his ancestors and illustrate his strong republican views. The obverse honors L. Junius Brutus, the consul who in 509 B.C. forced the expulsion of the Tarquin Kings from Rome and founded the Republic. The reverse honors Gaius Servilius Ahala, who threw Spurius Maelius down from the Tarpeian rock to his death for plotting against the Republic and aspiring to tyranny. Caesar should not have been surprised by Brutus!RR91685. Fouree silver plated denarius, cf. RSC I Junia 30, Sydenham 907, Crawford 433/2, BMCRR I Rome 3864, Russo RBW 1543, SRCV I 398 (official Roman prototype, silver, Rome mint), VF, deep old cabinet toning, scratches, minor encrustations, small plating breaks and one larger 9:00 on obverse, weight 3.087 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, unofficial counterfeiter's mint, c. 54 - 50 B.C.; obverse bearded bare head of L. Junius Brutus (consul 509 B.C.), BRVTVS downward behind; reverse bearded bare head of C. Servilius Ahala (master of the horse 439 B.C.), AHALA downward behind; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $250.00 (€220.00)
M. Junius Brutus, Ides of March Denarius (Plated), c. 43 - 42 B.C.
With this famous type Brutus commemorated his assassination of Julius Caesar on the notorious Ides of March, 44 BC, and claimed that the deed was done to secure liberty for the Roman people (the liberty cap). This coin is a contemporary strike from unofficial dies, in competent style but with an engraver's error in the obverse legend, PIAET for PLAET. In his corpus of EID MAR denarii H. A., Cahn lists five such unofficial plated specimens, namely two in Paris and three in auction catalogues. The specimen that he illustrates, ex Muenzhandlung Basel 6, 1936, 1485, is from the same dies as this coin.SH01339. Fouree denarius, Crawford 508/3, Sydenham 1301 (R9), Cohen 15 (350 Fr.); Cahn, Quaderni ticinesi 1989, p. 223 fig. 2 (same dies), aF/F, weight 3.10 g, die axis 180o, W. Asia Minor or Macedonia mint, 42 B.C.; obverse BRVT IMP L PIAET (sic) CE[ST], head of Brutus right; reverse EID MAR, liberty cap and two daggers; SOLD
C. Cassius Longinus, Proconsul and Imperator, Committed Suicide in 42 B.C.
Gaius Cassius Longinus (before 85 B.C. - October 42 B.C.) was a Roman senator, the prime mover in the conspiracy against Julius Caesar, and the brother in-law of Brutus. A magnificent uncirculated specimen of a rarity of the Imperatorial series.SH21680. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1446, BMCRR East 79, RSC I 7, Crawford 500/1, Sydenham 219, Brilliant Mint State, weight 3.816 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, struck near Smyrna, Ionia(?), mobile military mint, early 42 B.C.; obverse C•CASSI• IMP, tripod surmounted by cauldron and two laurel branches, fillet hanging from either side; reverse LENTVLVS / SPINT (moneyer L. Cornelius Lentulus Spinther), jug and lituus (emblems of the Augurate); very rare; SOLD
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