Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Marcus Iunius Brutus

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Coin (reverse), 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 reverse of the coin.

The reverse depicts Caius Servilius Ahala, identified by the legend 'AHALA' written downwards behind him. Like the man portrayed on the obverse, he was an ancestor of the moneyer. Ahala was famous for killing a plotter against the state in 439 BC.

The First Triumvirate of Pompey, Caesar and Crassus collapsed around this time. Caesar was fighting in Gaul, and Crassus in the East where he died in 53 BC. Pompey sought to seize more power himself, setting in motion the events leading to the Civil War.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-672-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.453
Date: 54 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Head of L. Iunius Brutus, Cos. 509, r.; behind, BRVTVS downwards / Rev. Head of C. Servilius Ahala, Mag. Eq. 439, r.; behind, AHALA downwards
Dimensions: 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 10.5
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: C. Servilius Ahala
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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