Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 29Auction date: 24 February 2024
Lot number: 1669

Price realized: 800 CHF   (Approx. 908 USD / 839 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:

Albinus Bruti f, 48 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 4.00 g, 2 h), Rome. A POSTVMIVS COS Bare head of A. Postumius to right. Rev. ALBINVS / BRVTI F within wreath of grain ears. Babelon (Postumia) 14 and (Junia) 29. Crawford 450/3a. CRI 27. RBW 1578. Sydenham 943a. Beautifully toned and with a wonderful portrait. Struck slightly off center, otherwise, about extremely fine.

Ex Leu 91, 10 May 2004, 479.

It is not entirely certain whose portrait appears on the obverse of this wonderful denarius: it could be either the consul of 151 BC, Aulus Postumius Albinus, or the consul of the same name from 99 BC. The latter is more likely, and he may have been the adoptive father of the moneyer, Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus (not to be confused with Junius Brutus!), who in just a few years would become one of the leading instigators of Julius Caesar's assassination. The reverse type, consisting only of the moneyer's name within a wreath of grain ears, seems to indicate that he was responsible for supplying Rome at some point during a time of hardship.

Starting price: 200 CHF