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Live auction - brm_478798 - POSTUMIA Denier

POSTUMIA Denier AU/MS
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Starting price : 420 €
Estimate : 720 €
Price : 1 250 €
Maximum bid : 1 400 €
End of the sale : 05 June 2018 14:27:14
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: 48 AC.
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 950 ‰
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,82 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle pour ce type de monnayage sur un petit flan irrégulier parfaitement centré avec les grènetis visibles. Belle tête de Mars. Revers de toute beauté, finement détaillé. Conserve la plus grande partie de son brillant de frappe et de son coupant d’origine
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock d’Hubert Lanz (Münich)

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête imberbe de Mars casqué à droite.

Reverse


Reverse legend : ALBINVS - BRVTI. F.
Reverse description : Deux carnyx posés en sautoir ; au-dessus, un bouclier ovale (umbo) ; au-dessous, bouclier rond.
Reverse translation : “Albinus Bruti Filius”, (Albinus fils de Brutus).

Commentary


Revers d’une qualité de frappe irréprochable et d’une netteté incomparable, laissant apparaître tous les détails des deux carnyx ainsi que du bouclier, pièce digne d’un musée ! Pour ce type, M. Crawford a relevé une estimation de 69 coins de droit et de 77 coins de revers.

Historical background


POSTUMIA

(48 BC) Decimus Postumius Albinus

Decimus Junius Brutus was the son of Decimus Junius Brutus, consul in 77 before J. C-. It was adopted by Aulus Postumius Albinus and changed his name Decimus Postumius Albinus. He served first under the orders of Caesar in Gaul, especially against Vercingetorix in 52 J. C-. He ordered the loaded fleet blockaded Marseille before 49 J. C-. He remained in Gaul until 45 before J. C-. with the government of Transalpine. He saw promise the government of Cisalpine with the courthouse for 44 before J. C-. and the consulate before 42 J. C-. Nevertheless, he dipped in Caesar's assassination on the Ides of March (15 March 44 before J. C-. ). Decimus Postumius Albinius joined the Cisalpine to raise an army in favor of the Senate. He found himself locked in Mutina and blocked by Marc Antoine. He was saved by the intervention of Hirtius and Pansa, the two consuls before 43 J. C-. who also died during the fight, then Octave. Antoine retreated to Transalpine Gaul, pursued by Decimus Postumius Albinius who had received the supreme command of the republican armies. Veterans of Caesar's armies refused to fight the forces of Antony and pactisèrent with the opponent. Betrayed, Decimus Postumius Albinius was finally captured by a Gaulish chief who executed, following the orders of Mark Antony.

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