SILVER DENARIUS OF BRUTUS ALBINUS, 48 BC.

SILVER DENARIUS OF BRUTUS ALBINUS, 48 BC.

275.00

Obverse: Mask of bearded Pan facing right, C PANSA below.

Reverse: ALBINVS BRVTI F, Clasped hands holding winged caduceus.

RRC: 451/1. Sear: 425. CRR: 944. RSC: Vibia 22. [Rome, 48 BC].

Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 3.9 g

A scarce and beautiful silver denarius struck in 48 BC, the year of Caesar’s consulship, by the moneyers C. Vibius Pansa and D. Junius Brutus Albinus. Born Decimus Junius Brutus, this moneyer was later adopted into the Postumia gens and changed his name to Decimus Postumius Albinus, though he still styled himself Bruti filius, ‘son of Brutus’. He was to be one of the assassins of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March, 44 BC. The obverse bears a fantastic representation of the Greek god Pan, a somewhat obvious pun on Pansa’s name. A superb example of this historically interesting type, well centred and sharply struck on a large flan.

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