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Silver denarius in New York sale


(Images courtesy Stack’s Bowers)

A most desirable denarius of that ultimate backstabber, Marcus Junius Brutus, will feature in Stack’s Bowers’ New York International Numismatic Convention Auction in January.

The coin is a stunning piece of history struck during the last campaign conducted by the forces of Lepidus, Marc Antony and Caesar Octavian against the assassins of Julius Caesar.

The obverse displays the head of Apollo wearing a laurel crown surrounded by the legend: LEG – COSTA. This is a reference to the mint official involved, Pedanius Costa who held the title of Legate.

On the reverse is a military trophy with the legend: IMP BRVTVS, a reference to Brutus’ claim to the title of Imperator.

The desirability of the coin is enhanced by it being well centered, sharply struck, and having a delightful iridescent toning
It comes graded NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface 4/5 and has an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

Full details may be found in the sale catalog at

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