Ultra-rare Julius Caesar ‘assassination coin’ made from gold 2,000 years ago may be worth MILLIONS
AN INCREDIBLY rare Roman coin commemorating the assassination of Julius Caesar could be worth millions of dollars.
The golden coin has resurfaced after being hidden away in a private collection – and is just one of three in the world.
One side of the coin shows Caesar’s best-known assassin, Brutus[/caption]
The back of the coin depicts daggers, and references the Ides of March, marking the date of Caesar’s death[/caption]
On the front of the coin is the face of Brutus, who famously killed Caesar at the Theatre of Pompey in Rome in 44BC.
And the back depicts two daggers flanking a pileup – a type of cap given to free Roman slaves.
It’s believed that this was to signify Rome was free from Caesar, who was seen by some to be a cruel and power-hungry dictator.
This type of coin is known as ‘Ides of March’, which is how the Romans marked March 15.
The aftermath of Caesar’s assignation, with the dictator’s body seen abandoned in the foreground, as depicted by Jean Léon Gérôme, c 1859-1867[/caption]
The Tusculum portrait may be the only surviving sculpture of Julius Caesar made during his lifetime[/caption]
Caesar was killed on the Ides of March, and this coin was created to commemorate the event just two years later.
“It was made in 42BC, two years after the famous assassination,” said Mark Salzberg, of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, which verified the coin.
“The front has a portrait of Marcus Junius Brutus, one of Caesar’s assassins.
“And the other side dramatically has two daggers and the words EID MAR, a Latin abbreviation for Ides of March.”
There are around 100 Ides of March coins made from silver around the world.
But just three examples of a golden Ides of March coin are known.
This particular coin is in mint condition, and was held in a private European collection.
It’s due to be auctioned by Roma Numismatics on October 29, and could fetch millions.
“The conservative pre-auction estimate is £500,000,” said Salzburg.
“But considering the coin’s rarity, artistry and fabled place in history, I would not be surprised if it sold for several million.”
Rome depicted in the year 44BC, which is when Caesar died – with the dictator’s home (The Regia) and place of death (Theatre of Pompey) visible[/caption]
A brief history of the Roman Empire
Here’s what you need to know…
- The Roman Empire began shortly after the founding of the Roman Republic in the 6th century BC
- It reigned for around a thousand years until the fall of the last Western emperor in 476 AD
- During this time, the Romans ruled over many countries in Europe and parts of Africa and the Middle East
- At its height, 90 million people lived in the Roman Empire
- It evolved from a monarchy to a democratic republic to a military dictatorship and then was finally ruled by emperors
- One of the most well-known Roman leaders is Julius Caesar, famously assassinated in 44BC
- He is largely credited for his military mind and laying the foundations for the Roman Empire
- The spread of the Roman Empire into Britain in around 55 BC has had a lasting impact on our lives today
- Latin, straight roads, underfloor heating and the spread of Christianity are all attributed to the Romans
Caesar is one of Rome’s most famous rulers, known for his military expertise, skilled economics and political reforms.
But many Roman senators saw Caesar as power-mad, some of whom eventually plotted to kill him.
A male portrait so-called ‘Brutus’ created in 30-15BC[/caption]
He was assassinated on March 15 during a senate meeting at the Theatre of Pompey.
A group of senators stabbed Caesar 23 times, claiming the act as “tyrannicide” – killing a tyrant.
It’s believed that as many as 60 senators were involved in the conspiracy, and were led by Marcus Brutus, Gaius Cassius and Decimus Brutus.
Soon after, the Roman Republic gave way to the Roman Empire – as Caesar himself was never considered an emperor by historical standards.
After his death, Caesar was cremated and the Temple of Caesar was erected on the same site. Parts of the structure still stand today.
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