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Live auction - brm_541960 - CASSIA Denier

CASSIA Denier AU
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Estimate : 250 €
Price : 259 €
Maximum bid : 262 €
End of the sale : 30 July 2019 14:25:20
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: 55 AC.
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 950 ‰
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 3,88 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire sur un flan idéalement centré au revers mais légèrement décentré au droit. Joli portrait du Génie du peuple romain. Patine grise de collection
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection Luc Corso

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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