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Brutus gold aureus goes for $800,000

Over $26 million was realized by Classical Numismatic Group’s annual Triton auction.

It was held Jan. 5-6 in conjunction with the 44th Annual New York International  Numismatic Convention (NYINC) on January 5-6, 2016.

The total prices realized figure does not include buyer’s fees.

Hammered down for $800,000 at the Triton auction in New York City was a gold aureus of Brutus.

Hammered down for $800,000 at the Triton auction in New York City was a gold aureus of Brutus.

Hammered down in this auction was what the cataloger called the finest portrait Brutus gold aureus.

It brought $800,000.

According to the catalog it was struck in late summer-autumn 42 B.C.E. by the military mint traveling with Brutus and Cassius in western Asia Minor or northern Greece. P. Servilius Casca Longus was the moneyer.

It shows a bare head of Brutus right, wearing short beard; BRVTVS behind, IMP before; all within laurel wreath / A combined army and naval trophy, consisting of a cuirass, a crested helmet on the top, a curved sword and two crossed spears on the left arm, and an oval shield with incurved sides on the right, set on a post made from a tree trunk; at base, two prows, two shields, and a rudder.

It was graded EF, peripheral marks in field on obverse.

There are just 17 examples known of which eight are in museums.

A Year 5 shekel of the Jewish revolt against Rome 66-70 C.E. realized $300,000.

A Year 5 shekel of the Jewish revolt against Rome 66-70 C.E. realized $300,000.

A bid of $300,000 carried the day for a Year 5 shekel from the Jewish revolt against Roman occupation 66-70 C.E.

From the David Hendin collection, the EF, lightly toned coin is described by the catalog as 22mm, 13.68 g, 12h. Jerusalem mint. Dated year 5 ([August] 70 C.E.). Omer cup; “Y[ear] 5” (date) in Hebrew above, “Shekel of Israel” in Hebrew around / Sprig of three pomegranates; “Jerusalem the holy” in Hebrew around. Meshorer 215; Kadman 45 (same obv. die as illustration); Hendin 1370 (same obv. die as illustration); Bromberg 389 (same obv. die); Shoshana I 20221 (same obv. die); Sofaer –; Spaer –.

For further details email CNG at cng@cngcoins.com.

This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
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