M JUNIUS BRUTUS SILVER DENARIUS – “TYRANT SLAYER” ISSUE OF CAESAR’S MURDERER RECALLING HIS ANCESTRY – XF NGC GRADED ROMAN REPUBLICAN COIN (Inv. 13512)
ROMAN REPUBLIC. M. Junius Brutus, 54 BC.
Silver AR Denarius, 3.90 g., 17 mm.
Obv. BRVTVS, head of L. Junius Brutus right, within dotted circle.
Rev. AHALA, head of C. Servilius Ahala right.
Sydenham 907; Crawford 433/2; Junia 30; RBW 1543.
NGC graded XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, with wonderful iridescent highlights.
A historical coin on so many levels, this is part of an emission struck by the famous Brutus, Caesar’s assassin, a decade earlier when he served as moneyer. The portraits on the coin make reference to his family’s proud history of service to the Republic as they illustrate L. Junius Brutus and C. Servilius Ahala. L. Junius Brutus was the man who banished the Tarquin kings and established the Republic while Ahala , a descendant on his mother’s side, was responsible for killing another politician who aspired to kingship. The coin,with its overwhelming pro-Republican sentiment, anticipates M. Junius Brutus’ role in the murder of Caesar.