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Marcus Junius Brutus, Most Famous of Caesars Assassins, 44 - 42 B.C.
This type, traditionally attributed to an otherwise unknown Dacian or Sythian king Koson, was struck by Brutus, c. 44 - 42 B.C., with gold supplied by the Senate to fund his legions in the Roman civil war against Mark Antony and Octavian. The obverse imitates a Roman denarius struck by Brutus in 54 B.C. depicting his ancestor L. Junius Brutus, the traditional founder of the Roman Republic. The reverse imitates a Roman denarius struck by Pomponius Rufus in 73 B.C. The meaning of the inscription "KOΣΩN" is uncertain. KOΣΩN may have been the name of a Dacian king who supplied mercenary forces to Brutus, or BR KOΣΩN may have been intended to mean "[of] the Consul Brutus."
SP88166. Gold stater
II p. 474, 48; RPC I
1701A (Thracian Kings); BMC Thrace
p. 208, 1 (same); SNG Cop
123 (Scythian Dynasts), Choice gVF, luster, broad flan
, die wear, a few bumps and scratches, military mint, weight
8.434g, maximum diameter
19.0mm, die axis
, 44 - 42 B.C.; obverse
Roman consul L. Junius Brutus
(traditional founder of the Republic) in center, accompanied by two lictors, KOΣΩN in ex
, BR (Brutus
left; reverse eagle
standing left on scepter
, wings open, raising wreath
in right talon; SOLD
Catalog current as of Friday, April 26, 2019.
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