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ID:     77000615
Type:     Roman Republican
Issuer:     L. Sestius and Q. Caepio Brutus
Date Ruled:     43-42 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Denarius
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC 42
Weight:     3.86 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Legend:     L • SESTI • PRO Q •
Obverse Description:     Veiled and draped bust of Libertas right, wearing pearl necklace
Reverse Legend:     Q • CAEPIO BRVTVS PRO COS
Reverse Description:     Tripod between axe to left and simpulum to right
Mint:     Military
Primary Reference:     Crawford 502/2
Reference2:     RSC 11
Reference3:     Syd 1290
Reference4:     Kestner 3772; BMCRR East 41-45; CRI 201
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     EF, toned, reverse struck slightly off center
Notes:     Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 615 Excellent silver quality for issue. Ex Numismatic Fine Arts XXXIII (3 May 1994), lot 395.This coinage was issued for an army under the command of L. Sestius Quirinalis, son of a Pompeian commander, who joined forces with the tyrannicides. After the downfall of Brutus, Sestius was pardoned by Octavian and later became a consul (23 BC). Sestius is also known as the dedicatee of one of Horace's odes (Carmina 1.4). Sestius and Horace both served under Brutus (Horace as a tribunus militum), and it may be during this service together that their friendship developed.