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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
Brutus, Proconsul and Imperator, Committed Suicide 42 B.C.
M. Junius Brutus (also called Q. Caepio Brutus) is the most famous of Caesars assassins.SH21615. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1431, Crawford 500/7, Sydenham 1310, Sear CRI 198, EF, weight 4.127 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, near Smyrna, Ionia(?) military mint, moneyer Lentulus Spinter, early 42 B.C.; obverse BRVTVS, simpulum between ax and sacrificial knife; reverse LENTVLVS / SPINT, jug and lituus; SOLD
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