St. James's Auctions Ltd > Auction 66Auction date: 22 September 2022
Lot number: 215

Price realized: Unsold
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Julius Caesar, as Dictator (49-44 BC), denarius, Rome, P. Sepullius Macer, as Moneyer, struck c. February-March 44 BC, CAESAR-DICT•PERPETVO, laur. head of Julius Caesar r., rev. P•SEPVLLIVS downward on r., MACER downward on l., Venus standing facing, head l., Victory in r. hand, sceptre in l., shield at feet behind, wt. 3.80gms. (Crawford 480/10; Sydenham 1073; Julia 48; Sepullia 3), a little flatness otherwise deep cabinet toning and good very fine with a pleasing portrait
Struck in the final months of the life of Caesar, before he was killed by the senate on the 15 March 44 BC. It was Brutus, who had planned the attack, himself an old supporter of Caesar. Brutus was shocked when Caesar pronounced himself perpetual dictator and had himself deified in early 44 BC, seemingly going against his plans which Brutus had supported. Brutus shortly joined the other senators plotting the assassination. It is famously said that Caesars' last words 'et tu, Brute?' were a reflection of his shock at Brutus' betrayal. It is also suspected to have been a prediction that Brutus too shall soon meet his demise. If this were the case, he wasn't wrong, in late 42 BC he killed himself after being defeated at the second battle of Philippi.
(2000-2500 GBP)