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Triton XXIII – Session Two – Greek Coinage Part II through Roman Imperial Coinage Part I

Lot nuber 599

Q. Servilius Caepio (M. Junius) Brutus. 54 BC. AR Denarius (17mm, 4.37 g, 6h). Rome mint.


Triton XXIII – Session Two – Greek Coinage Part II through Roman Imperial Coinage Part I
Lot: 599.
 Estimated: $ 1 500

Roman Republican, Silver

Sold For $ 1 200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Q. Servilius Caepio (M. Junius) Brutus. 54 BC. AR Denarius (17mm, 4.37 g, 6h). Rome mint. Bare head of L. Junius Brutus right; BRVTV[S] downward to left / Bare head of C. Servilius Ahala right; AHALA downward to left. Crawford 433/2; Sydenham 907; Junia 30; BMCRR Rome 3864-7; Kestner 3487-9; RBW 1543. Attractive golden toning with underlying luster, small edge cut. Choice EF.

Ex Alan J. Harlan Collection (Triton XXII, 8 January 2019), lot 890; Numismatica Ars Classica 23 (19 March 2002), lot 1383.

This early coin of Marcus Junius Brutus, struck during his term as moneyer in 54 BC, refers to his illustrious ancestry, which included L. Junius Brutus, one of the legendary first consuls of the nascent Roman Republic, and C. Servilius Ahala, who slew the prospective tyrant Spurius Maelius. Celebrating his connection to the tyrannicide Ahala proved eerily prophetic 10 years later, when, because of his name and reputation for integrity, Brutus was recruited by conspirators against Julius Caesar and became the figurehead leader of the assassins.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Two – Greek Coinage Part II through Roman Imperial Coinage Part I will be held Tuesday afternoon, 14 January 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.