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    Stunning Gold Aureus of Brutus, Assassin of Julius Caesar

    Marcus Junius Brutus, Assassin of Caesar and Imperator (44-42 BC). AV aureus (22mm, 7.99 gm, 6h). NGC (photo-certificate) Choice AU ★ 5/5 - 4/5. Military mint traveling with Brutus and Cassius (possibly at Sardis), 42 BC, Marcus Servilius, legate. M • SERVILIVS upward to left, LEG upward to right, laureate head of Libertas right / Q • CAEPIO upward to left, BRVTVS • IMP upward to right, trophy composed of helmet, cuirass, ptryges, two spears, and shield. Crawford 505/4. CRI 206. Calicó 61a. Sydenham 1314. RBW 1775. Babelon Junia 47 and Servilia 38. Sharply struck on a massive flan with the look and feel of a product produced while on a military campaign instead of a tightly controlled city mint.

    Ex. Fraysse (12 February 2014), lot 11 (realized 110,000 euros).

    Sear speculates that the striking of this issue took place at Sardis in Lydia, on the occasion of a meeting between the liberatores/assassins Brutus and Cassius. The meeting was held in private and, as Plutarch and Cassius Dio inform us, led to a very heated exchange, with the generals airing their grievances and suspicions of one another. By the end of the meeting, they realized their best course of action was to renew their alliance and made plans for joint military action against the triumvirs Octavian, Marc Antony and Lepidus. By October of 42 BC, just months after this coin was struck, Octavian and Antony defeated Cassius and Brutus at the Battle of Philippi.

    "Libertas" was a prominent theme on many of the issues minted by the assassins of Julius Caesar, promoting liberating Rome from dictatorship. The reverse type commemorates Brutus' recent victories in Thrace and Lycia with Marcus Servilius having personally served in the Lycian campaign.

    This coin has been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. It may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. E-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.




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