C CASSIUS LONGINUS SILVER DENARIUS – 1996 PROVENANCED ISSUE OF SPINTHER AS LEGATE WITH BUST OF LIBERTAS – CHOICE XF STAR NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERATORIAL COIN (Inv. 14342)
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL. C. CASSIUS LONGINUS, d. 42 BC.
Silver Denarius, 3.92 g, 19 mm. Struck at a military mint, perhaps at Smyrna. Signed by P. Cornelius Lentulus Spinther as legate.
Obv. C. CASSI IMP LIBERTAS, veiled, diademed and draped bust of Libertas right.
Rev. LENTVLVS / SPINT, Capis and lituus.
Crawford 500/3; Sydenham 1307.
Ex Dr. Klaus Berthold Collection, from NAC 23, 3/19/2002, lot 1429 and CNG 40, 4/12/1996, lot 1312.
NGC graded CHOICE XF STAR, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, dark gray cabinet patina with exceptional centering and eye appeal. A wonderful historical coin, as Cassius was one of the “Liberators,” the group of Romans who planed and executed the assassination of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March.