Q. Servilius Caepio (M. Junius) Brutus
BRVTVS, Head right, bearded, of Lucius Junius Brutus, the Ancient
HAHALA, Head right, bearded, of Caius Servilius Ahala
19.46mm, 4.1g, 4h
gEF, reverse off-centre, attractive cabinet toning
ex Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 114, Part II (7 May 2019), Lot 1335
Issued by Brutus, who infamously led the assassination of Julius Caesar
Marcus Junius Brutus (the Younger) is infamous in history for betraying Julius Caesar and taking a leading role in his assassination. The infamy of his betrayal is rivalled only by Judas. His father, Marcus Juinius Brutus Maior, was killed by Pompey. His mother, Servilla, in earlier times, was the mistress of Julius Caesar. Brutus and Caesar enjoyed a close relationship during that time. In the Battle of Pharsalus, he sided with Pompey against Caesar. On defeat and on his surrender, Caesar showed him leniency and forgave him, reportedly out of some concern he may be his biological father. He then became part of Caesar’s inner circle. When a group of Roman senators grew concerned about Caesar’s growing power, they recruited Brutus to their cause. They eventually assassinating Julius Caesar in the Roman Senate on 15 March 44 BC (the ‘Ides of March’). The obverse of this coin shows his ancestor, Lucius Junius Brutus, the founder of the Roman Republic. On the reverse is Gaius Servilius Structus Ahala, a 5th century politician who is reputed to have saved Rome from Spurius Maelius by assassinating him with a dagger.