A prophetic and uncanny coin of Brutus
A Roman silver denarius of Q. Servilius Caepio Brutus (Marcus Junius Brutus), struck in 54 BC at Rome. The coin shows Brutus on the front with the reverse showing the profile of Gaius Servilius Structus Ahala, a 5th century BC politician of ancient Rome.
Ahala was Brutus’ ancestor and considered by many later writers such as Cicero to have been a hero. His fame rested on the contention that he saved Rome from Spurius Maelius in 439 BC by killing him with a dagger concealed under his armpit. Maelius, a wealthy Roman plebeian, was slain because he was suspected of plotting to make himself king. The presence on this coin of Brutus’ infamous ancestor is quite eerie, given that 10 years later, Brutus himself would become the ringleader in the assassination plot against Julius Caesar.