Heritage World Coin Auctions > Showcase Auction 61288Auction date: 18 September 2022
Lot number: 95181

Price realized: 1,200 USD   (Approx. 1,200 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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C. Cassius Longinus, Imperator and Assassin of Caesar (44-42 BC), with P. Lentulus Spinther, as legate. AR denarius (21mm, 3.62 gm, 6h). NGC MS 2/5 - 3/5, double struck. Military mint traveling with Brutus and Cassius, probably at Smyrna, early 42 BC. C•CASSI•-IMP, tripod surmounted by cortina and two branches, fillet hanging on either side / LENTVLVS / SPINT, oenochoe (on left) and lituus (on right), both turned inward. Crawford 500/1. Sydenham 1308. CRI 219. Struck on bright flan.

From the Historical Scholar Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group, Electronic Auction 207 (25 March 2009), lot 345

One of the main ringleaders in the plot to assassinate Julius Caesar, Gaius Cassius Longinus had been a survivor and hero of the Parthian War of Crassus (53-51 BC). Initially a backer of Pompey, he accepted a pardon from Caesar in 48 BC and loyally served him for the next four years. It soon became apparent the dictator had no intention of stepping down, and thus Cassius was one of the first to plunge his dagger into Caesar on the Ides of March, 44 BC. After fleeing Rome, Cassius returned to Syria and commandeered several crack legions and a fleet. He joined forces with Brutus in 42 BC and the two marched into Thrace to meet the pro-Caesarian legions led by Marc Antony and Octavian. At the first clash at Philippi in early October, Cassius suffered a reverse and rashly fell on his sword before he could be told that Brutus had counterattacked and saved the day. Demoralized by his friend's death, Brutus was easily defeated three weeks later and took his own life.



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