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Crawford 507/2, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Brutus with Casca Longus, AR Denarius
Rome, The Imperators.
Brutus with Casca Longus. 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.88g; 21mm).
Military mint, 42 BCE.

Obverse: CASCA LONGVS; Neptune's head facing right; trident below.

Reverse: BRVTVS IMP; Victory advancing right on broken scepter, holding filleted diadem and palm.

References: Crawford 507/2; HCRI 212; Sydenham1298 (R6); BMCRR (East) 63; Junia 44; Servilia 35.

Provenance: Ex V.L. Nummus Auction 12 (15 Sep 2019) Lot 68; Brder Egger Auction 45 (12 Nov 1913) Lot 871.

Publius Servilius Casca Longus was one of the leading conspirators against Julius Caesar, and he was Tribune of the Plebs at the time of the assassination. Plutarch reports that a nervous Casca was the first to stab Caesar on the Ides of March with a glancing blow: Casca gave him the first cut, in the neck, which was not mortal nor dangerous, as coming from one who at the beginning of such a bold action was probably very much disturbed. Caesar immediately turned about and laid his hand upon the dagger and kept hold of it. And both of them at the same time cried out, he that received the blow, in Latin, Vile Casca, what does this mean? and he that gave it, in Greek, to his brother [Gaius] Brother, help! [Plutarch: Lives of the noble Grecians and Romans, Arthur Clough (Ed.)] After Caesars assassination, Casca was given command of Brutus fleet. Nothing is known of Casca following the Battle of Philippi in October 42 BCE, where he likely perished or committed suicide in the aftermath.

The Neptune obverse refers to Cascas naval command and the naval superiority of the conspirators before Philippi. Coins of the conspirators are replete with depictions of liberty and victory, and this coin is no exception. The reverse, with its broken scepter, clearly alludes to the assassins hope to eliminate monarchy in the Roman state and restore the Republic. Some authors have speculated that Victory is breaking the regal diadem on this type, although I dont think that is abundantly clear.
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Tracy Aiello  [Oct 09, 2019 at 04:05 PM]
Magnificent.
*Alex  [Oct 09, 2019 at 04:39 PM]
Excellent. Nice addition to your gallery.
Jay GT4  [Oct 09, 2019 at 05:48 PM]
Masterpiece!
okidoki  [Oct 09, 2019 at 11:08 PM]
Indeed xxxxx
Nemonater  [Oct 10, 2019 at 01:49 AM]
Amazing!
quadrans  [Oct 12, 2019 at 08:44 PM]
Great piece ..I like it..
Steve P  [Oct 19, 2019 at 03:52 PM]
Wow, that coin is deadly! (congrats, my coin-friend)
Norbert  [Nov 03, 2019 at 04:57 PM]
great coin & pedigree. Congrats
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