A silver coin minted by Julius Caesar’s Assassin

A silver coin minted by Julius Caesar’s Assassin

 

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Et tu, Brute?

The Man:  Marcus Junius Brutus, skilled politician, Senator of Rome, assassin of Julius Caesar, and leader of the Republican forces during the Roman “Liberator’s Civil War“, led one of the most fascinating lives of ancient times.  Born in 85 BC, he was trusted with the important position of “Moneyer” when he was only 29.  As Moneyer, he could dictate important images on coins.  On one coin he depicted an ancestor of his who was credited with driving out the last king of Rome.  On another, he depicted the goddess “Liberty”, from whom he believed the principles of the Republic stood.  

Brutus became a close confidant of Julius Caesar, but when Caesar delcared himself dictator-for-life and began putting his own images on coins (in imitation of tyrants), Brutus conspired with some of his fellow Senators to end Caesar’s life and career.  He and his fellow assassins committed the deed on the Ides of March.  Caesar almost did not enter the Senatorial chamber, having been warned by bad omens, but Brutus reportedly said, ‘Come, good sir, pay no attention to the babblings of these men, and do not postpone what Caesar and his mighty power has seen fit to arrange. Make your own courage your favorable omen.’ 

Convinced, Caesar followed Brutus into the chamber, where he was stabbed 35 times.  The historian Suetonias reports that some said Caesar looked at Brutus during the violence and whispered, “You too, my child?”  This has led to speculation that Brutus was an illegitimate child of Caesar’s.  William Shakespeare and others famously reimagined Caesar’s last words to be “You too, Brutus?” or, in Latin, “Et tu, Brute?”

Brutus did not receive the surge of popular support he expected, and was forced to raise an army to try to restore the Republic.  He fought against Marc Antony and Octavian (later Augustus Caesar) to this end until, abandoned by his soldiers, he ended his own life in 42B.C.

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A Silver Coin Minted by Julius Caesar’s Assassin: 
This silver denarius (the primary silver coin of the Roman Republic and Empire until about AD 217) has retained remarkable detail and eye appeal over the last 2,000 years.  Two of these coins would pay a Roman soldier for a week.  Struck in higher relief than usual, this coin depicts the goddess “Libertas” (Liberty) on the obverse and a procession of Senators on the reverse, underlined by the name BRVTVS in large letters.  This coin has been certified and encapsulated by the graders at NGC as “About Uncirculated” with a strike quality of 4/5 and a Surface quality of 3/5.  It is free from damage, detracting marks, edge cuts, or other features which would diminish its value.

This coin would make a superb portfolio or cabinet piece, valuable as a Numismatic work of art and also as a critical historical artifact from one of the most important events and figures in the history of Western Civilization.

 

The Price:  $2,450.00

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