Et Tu, Brute

Roman Gold Stater issued by Brutus, mid-1st century BC from Koson, Thrace

It depicts Brutus standing with two of his officers when he was Roman consul in Thrace. Brutus, of course, is the most infamous of Julius Caesar’s assassins who stabbed him to death on March 15th in 44 BC, a date which became known as the Ides of March.

The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history, as one of the events that marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.

On the obverse, KOSWN (in exergue), Roman consul Brutus, in center, standing left, accompanied by two lictors, each with scepters  over shoulder. On the reverse, no legend, eagle standing left on scepter, wings open, raising wreath in left foot.