Al Kowsky Posted June 11, 2022 · Member Share Posted June 11, 2022 Ever since acquiring a gem-grade Koson gold stater in 2005, I had been on the hunt for a Libertas / Brutus denarius, Crawford 433/1, & finally scored one last month ☺️. I think every collector who has a Koson stater should add one of these denarii to their collection since there is no doubt that the reverse design of this coin inspired the obverse design of the Koson stater. Crawford 433/1 is by no means rare, but high-grade examples can be very expensive; in today's market a gem-grade example could fetch 10-15K at auction. I think the popularity of the Koson staters has fueled the excessively high prices of these denarii. Not only that, but the name BRVTVS on a coin tickles the imagination of every collector of Roman coins. I shamefully overpaid for my denarius, but didn't feel like waiting another decade to find an affordable example. My coin has an attractive portrait of Libertas, is well centered, & has pleasant cabinet toning. Q. Servilius Caepio (M. Junius) Brutus. 54 BC. Rome Mint. AR Denarius: 3.91 gm, 20 mm, 1 h. Obverse: Head of Libertas, behind head, LIBERTAS. Reverse: The consul L. Junius Brutus between two axe bearing lictors, being led by an accsensus, BRVTVS below. Crawford 433/1; Sydenham 906a. Ex CNG Inventory 162076, January 2006; Ex Lanz 126, lot 609, Nov. 2005. Marcus Junius Brutus, simply referred to as Brutus, was born in 85 BC to M. Junius Brutus & Servilia, an earlier mistress to Julius Caesar. The father was opposed to Pompey, who ultimately was responsible for his death. Brutus later changed his name to Quintus Servilius Caepio Brutus after being adopted by a relative. Brutus issued this coin to show his strong support for the republican form of government, & the reverse of the coin depicts an ancient relative who overthrew Tarquinius Superbus, the last Etruscan king of Rome. Koson Stater, 44-42 BC. AV Stater: 8.37 gm, 21 mm, 12 h. Struck by a traveling mint of Brutus, with gold supplied by the Roman Republic, to pay legionnaires & mercenaries fighting against Antony & Octavian. The obverse design is inspired by Crawford 433/1, & the reverse design is inspired by Crawford 398/1. Ex Freeman & Sear 12, lot 96, October 2005. For anyone wishing to explore the origin of Koson staters, Calgary Coins published an excellent in-depth article evaluating all the well known theories on these controversial coins. See the link below. KOSON GOLD STATER - Calgary Coin Gallery Q. Pomponius Rufus, 70 BC. Rome mint. AR Denarius: 3.76 gm, 20 mm, 9 h. Obverse: Head of Jupiter, S.C RVFVS. Reverse: Eagle with spread wings holding wreath, VII below leg, standing on scepter, Q. POMPONI below. Crawford 398/1. Very rare. EX Nomos AG 1, lot 133, May 2009, price realized $20,096.00. Photo courtesy of Nomos AG. These coins are so expensive I don't expect to ever add one to my collection ☹️. 27 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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