Chicago has ‘bragging rights’ thanks to rare coins commemorating Caesar’s assassination – NBC Chicago

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Three of the world’s rarest coins are now in the city of Chicago, and the dealer who helped bring it to life describes how historic the occasion is.

Rare coin dealer Aaron Berk acquired a pair of coins issued in 44 BCE after the assassination of Roman Emperor Julius Caesar.

The coins do not depict Caesar, but rather show a portrait of Brutus, who was one of the senators who stabbed Caesar to death. His face occupies one side of the room, while two daggers adorn the other side.

The gold coin, which recently sold for more than $2 million to a private buyer, is one of only three coins left in the world.

“It was probably worn in ancient times, and it was probably a Brutus supporter who issued the coin,” Berk said. “The coin was issued after the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE.”

The coin also has a small hole in its top, which was probably used to run a chain through so the coin could be worn as a necklace.

Berk also pointed to the apparent irony of the image of Brutus featured on the coin, with Caesar having been criticized for immortalizing himself in the same way.

“What’s really interesting about this coin is that one of the reasons Julius Caesar was assassinated was because he was trying to turn himself into a dictator and he put his likeness on coins. coin, which was a big no-no at the time, and so here Brutus, who was one of the assassins, turns around and puts his own portrait on the coin,” he said.

Although there are only three gold coins with the image on them, it is believed that around 80 of these coins were struck in silver, and Berk also has two in his collection, meaning that three Incredibly rare pieces are in the same city for perhaps the first time in history.

“The fact that we have two silver coins and one gold coin together in Chicago at the same time is probably the first time in the history of numismatics (the study of money),” he said. declared. “It’s bragging rights.”

The gold coin will be kept in a private collection, according to Berk.

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