Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Iunius Brutus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Iunius Brutus

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Marcus Iunius Brutus in 54 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse depicts Libertas, the goddess of Freedom, identified by the legend 'LIBERTAS' written downwards behind her.

Brutus fervently opposed those whom he believed were intent on seizing power as dictators. This design is probably in opposition to the supposed ambitions of Pompey at this time. Later, Brutus joined the conspiracy against Caesar for the same reasons.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-670-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.452
Date: 54 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Head of Libertas r.; behind, LIBERTAS downwards / Rev. L.Iunius Brutus, Cos. 509, walking l., between two lictors carrying fasces and preceded by anaccensus; in exergue, BRVTVS
Dimensions: 20.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: L. Iunius Brutus
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 54 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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