Reproduction Denarius of Brutus - Tripod
Obverse: Veiled and draped bust of Libertas, right, wearing pearl necklace. Text around L SESTI PRO Q.
Reverse: Tripod between sacrificial axe and simpulum. Text around Q CAEPIO BRVTVS PRO COS.
History: In 44BC Marcus Brutus conspired against Julius Caesar and was one of his assassins. In 42BC Brutus and Gaius Cassius lost the final battle in the Wars of the Second Triumvirate in Macedonia against the forces of Marc Antony and Octavian. Lucius Sestius (L SESTI) served as proquaestor to Brutus in Macedonia, and it was during this proquaestorship that he struck coins. The reverse of this coin refers to the office of pontifex, to which Brutus had been elected. Sestius, was pardoned by Octavian after the downfall of Brutus, and was made consul suffectus in 23 BC.
Date: Military mint moving with Brutus and Cassius in the East, Summer 42 BC