Sunday, 8 August 2021

The Monaco Collection

Marcus Junius Brutus, Assassin of Caesar and Imperator (44-42 BC), with Pedanius Costa as Legate. AV aureus. NGC Choice Fine★ 5/5 - 4/5.
The Monaco Collection is an 82-lot standalone group of high-grade ancient coins – almost exclusively in gold. Highlight is Brutus, assassin of Caesar, with his ancestor, Lucius Junius Brutus, the first Consul of the Republic. The portraits are enclosed by the corona civica - an honored bestowed for displaying patriotism by saving lives of their comrades in battle, or by rescuing the Republic. Pedanius Costa was a lieutenant of Brutus in Asia, during the Civil War. 10 are known. Estimate is $150k to $200k.

C. Cassius Longinus, Imperator and Assassin of Caesar (44-42 BC), with P. Lentulus Spinther as Legate. AV aureus. NGC Choice AU 5/5 - 2/5, bent, brushed, scuffs.
At the first battle at Philippi, Cassius suffered a reverse and fell on his sword before he could be told that Brutus had counterattacked and saved the day. Demoralized by his friend's death, Brutus was easily defeated three weeks later and took his own life. This coin is estimated $50 to $60k.