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505/3 #0957-34 C.CASSEI IMP Cassius Libertas Crab aplustre diadem rose Denarius | by Ahala
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505/3 #0957-34 C.CASSEI IMP Cassius Libertas Crab aplustre diadem rose Denarius

Denarius. 42BC. 3.44grams. Greece camp Brutus mint. Cassius Servilia. Crawford 505/03 C.CASSEI IMP. Obverse: hd Liberty r, C.CASSEI IMP. Reverse: crab aplustre diadem rose M.SERVILIVS LEG. Extremely Rare.

Amongst Cassius' rarest coins, this coin has an enigmatic reverse showing a crab, aplustre (in the crabs claws), diadem (under the crab) and rose (at bottom). An aplustre is an ornamental fan-shaped piece of wood on a ship's stern. It is thought to refer to the naval victory over Rhodes (the rose) by Cassius; the fleets met at the island of Cos ("crab"), the crab shows within its claws the naval apluster symbol, and the diadem representing victory. An exceptionally symbolic coin. The spelling of Cassius' name as CASSEI rather than CASSI is uniquely on this type. There is additional discussion about this coin on andrewmccabe.ancients.info/Auctions.html and also on andrewmccabe.ancients.info/Studies.html

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Taken on May 2, 2009