Brutus (Proconsul and Imperator, committed suicide 42 BC)

When Caesar returned to Rome as Dictator after the final defeat of the Republican faction at the battle of Munda in 45 BC, Decimus Brutus, convinced by Marcus Brutus, joined the conspiracy against him. However, Caesar continued to trust Decimus Brutus, and even mentioned him in his will. In 44 BC, Brutus was made praetor peregrinus by personal appointment of Caesar and was destined to be the governor of Cisalpine Gaul in the following year. On the Ides of March (15th), when Caesar decided not to attend the Senate meeting due to the concerns of his wife, Calpurnia, Decimus Brutus persuaded him to go. As Caesar arrived in Pompey's theatre for the senate meeting, Decimus and the rest of the conspirators attacked and assassinated him. According to Nicolaus of Damascus, Decimus Brutus was the third to strike Caesar, stabbing him in the side.

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Brutus 'Caesar's Assassin' Stater 023759

Brutus 'Caesar's Assassin' Stater
Gold, 8.41 grams, 18.46 mm. Koson, Thrace. Mid 1st century BC. Obverse: KOSWN (in exergue), Roman consul, Brutus, in center, standing left, accompanied by two lictors, each with sceptres or baton over shoulder. Reverse: no legend, eagle standing left on sceptre, wings open, raising wreath in left foot. RPC 1701; BMC Thrace 2; BMCRR 48; Crawford 433/1; Sear Greek 1733. Extremely fine, as struck.

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Brutus 'Caesar's Assassin' Stater 023759


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