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Live auction - brm_430285 - CASSIA Denier

CASSIA Denier AU
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Estimate : 550 €
Price : 513 €
Maximum bid : 513 €
End of the sale : 13 June 2017 14:38:18
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: 55 AC.
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 950 ‰
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,00 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan épais et ovale, légèrement décentré, notamment au droit, mais complet des deux cotés. Joli portrait et très beau revers. Patine grise
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection Robert Couet

Obverse


Obverse legend : Q. CASSIVS/ LIBERT..
Obverse description : Tête diadémée de Libertas (La Liberté) à droite, avec boucles d'oreilles et un grand collier.
Obverse translation : “Quintus Cassius/ Libertas”, (Quintus Cassius/ la Liberté).

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Chaise curule placée dans le temple hexastyle circulaire de Vesta, surmonté de deux acrostolia et d’une statue de Vesta entre une urne de vote et un bulletin de vote inscrit AC.

Commentary


Pour ce type, M. Crawford a relevé une estimation de 60 coins de droit et de 67 coins de revers. Malgré le nombre de coins recensés, ce type semble plus rare que celui avec la tête de Vesta.

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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