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Live auction - brm_430283 - CASSIA Denier

CASSIA Denier MS
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Estimate : 800 €
Price : 400 €
Maximum bid : 400 €
End of the sale : 13 June 2017 14:37:26
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Denier
Date: 55 AC.
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 950 ‰
Diameter : 19,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,18 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire au droit de toute beauté. Le portrait du Génie est fabuleux, de style fin et parfaitement venu à la frappe. Joli revers malgré une décentrage important. Patine grise aux reflets dorés
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection Robert Couet

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée du Génie du peuple romain, les cheveux longs ; derrière, un sceptre.

Reverse


Reverse legend : Q. CASSIVS.
Reverse description : Aigle debout à droite sur un foudre, les ailes déployées, entre un lituus dans le champ à gauche et un capis (vase) dans le champ à droite.
Reverse translation : “Quintus Cassius”, (Quintus Cassius).

Commentary


Pour ce type, M. Crawford a relevé une estimation de 126 coins de droit et de 140 coins de revers.

Historical background


CASSIA

(55 BC) Quintus Cassius Longinus

This money, perhaps a cousin of Caius Cassius, one of the main killers of Caesar, is mentioned by Cicero in a letter to Atticus. Cassius Longinus was quaestor in 52 BC, chosen by Pompey, and he fills his office along with Mark Antony, Caesar candidate while Pompey was Consul Metellus Scipio with. Tribune of the plebs in 49 BC, again with Marc Antoine, a supporter of Pompey, Caesar rallied Quintus Cassius Longinus and had to flee Rome in 49 BC disguised as a slave. He then followed Caesar in Greece and Spain and was an important command he did not show himself worthy and had to flee like a thief.

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