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ID:     79001029
Type:     Roman Republican
Issuer:     M. Servilius and C. Cassius
Date Ruled:     43-42 BC
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Aureus
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Summer 42
Weight:     8.09 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     C·CASSI·IMP
Obverse Description:     Laureate head of Libertas right
Reverse Legend:     M SERVILIVS – LEG
Reverse Description:     Aplustre, the branches terminating in flowers
Mint:     Military
Primary Reference:     Crawford 505/1
Reference2:     Syd 1311
Reference3:     CRI 224
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Near EF, light scrapes and scuffs
Notes:     Sale: CNG 79, Lot: 1029 Very rare. The final issue of Cassius. This reverse type commemorates the capture of Rhodes by Cassius, who seized booty amounting to eight thousand talents from the public treasury after he had contemptuously spurned the title of king which the terror-stricken Rhodians had offered him. The aplustre was a common symbol of naval superiority, while the floreate endings of its branches allude to the rose, the civic emblem of Rhodes.