Was Julius Caesar the real Jesus Christ?

itellsya

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CNN reported on 30th October that an ultra-rare coin, one of only three ever found and in near mint condition, celebrating Julius Caesar's assassination recently sold at an auction in London to an anonymous buyer for a record $3.5 million.

They write that the coin was issued by Brutus and was a "naked and shameless celebration" of the murder. It also features Brutus' portrait, the murder weapon and a 'liberty' cap.

I'm not sure how often these coins change hands but, if all the above is accurate, considering the situation on our planet and those currently in power right now, it seems to me to be pretty symbolic.

An ultra-rare coin celebrating Julius Caesar's assassination sells for a record $3.5 million​

Published 30th October 2020 Rare Julius Caesar assassination coin sold for record $3.5 million


Credit: Roma Numismatics Limited
Written by Harry Clarke-Ezzidio, CNNLondon

An ancient gold coin described as a "naked and shameless celebration" of the assassination of Julius Caesar, featuring a portrait of one of the men who killed him, has set a new record for a coin sold at auction.

Bought by an anonymous bidder for £2.7 million ($3.5 million), the "aureus" coin features a portrait of Marcus Junius Brutus -- one of the ringleaders in the assassination of Caesar in 44 BC.


Julius Caesar was killed by Brutus and several others at the Theater of Pompey in Rome. Credit: Charles Phelps Cushing/ClassicStock/Getty Images

It also depicts the daggers used by Brutus and his co-conspirator Cassius to slay the ancient general in the Theater of Pompey in Rome, and a cap of Liberty -- a symbolic garment given to slaves upon their freedom.

It is inscribed with the phrase "Eid Mar" -- the Ides of March -- a reference to March 15, the date of Caesar's death.
The coin was issued by Brutus two years after the assassination, in 42 BC.


"In an act of unparalleled braggadocio, we are at once presented with the murder weapons used to slay Caesar, the precise date of the deed, and the motive," Richard Beale, managing director of Roma Numismatics, the London auction house that sold the coin, wrote in a press release, describing the aureus as a "naked and shameless celebration" of the assassination.

Caesar's death is said to have been fueled by the belief among Roman politicians that he intended to make himself king.
Having been appointed "dictator perpetuo" -- dictator for life -- just two months earlier, Caesar was killed by a group of senators, including friends and people whom he had previously pardoned.

Brutus subsequently killed himself after losing the Battle of Philippi to Caesar's nephew and heir, Octavius, and friend Mark Antony.

Despite its age, the coin is in near-mint condition, and is one of only three known to exist.

The previous record price for a Roman coin was set in 2008, when a bronze sestertius of the Emperor Hadrian sold for around $2.5 million. The previous record for any coin was held by ancient Greek gold stater, which sold for $3.25 million in 2012.

The headline of this story was updated to match the USD conversion of the final sale price in the article text.
 
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mkrnhr

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The condition of the coin doesn't suggest an archaological find. It must be handed down through generations.
The only information I could find is

It is in near mint condition, with only a few of the dots surrounding the portrait on the obverse side worn down. It has been privately owned for centuries with documented provenance going back to the Swiss Baron Dominique de Chambrier in the 1700s.
 

Rabelais

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Not much of esoteric value here, but some interesting history, re: coinage of antiquity, and the values placed on such artifacts today. Brutus commemorated himself, as it were.

“Foremost of the reasons for the exalted position of the type in the collective consciousness is its naked and shameless celebration of the murder of Julius Caesar two years earlier, in 44 B.C. This brutal and bloody assassination had been prompted by the well-founded belief among the Senate that Caesar intended to make himself king ...”

Brutus coin.PNG

 

Rabelais

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I have no idea how I posted this to the Religion thread. Moderators, please move it to my intended History thread, if possible.

Edit: Ah, now I see that it has already been moved to a thread where it has already been posted. Apologies. I thought this was current news.
 
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