Q. CASSIUS LONGINUS, 55 BC. (AR Denarius 3.81g 19mm) Rome Mint TEMPLE OF VESTA EXTREMELY FINE

Ancient Coins - Q. CASSIUS LONGINUS, 55 BC. (AR Denarius 3.81g 19mm) Rome Mint  "TEMPLE OF VESTA"  EXTREMELY FINE
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Q. CASSIUS LONGINUS, 55 BC. (AR Denarius 3.81g 19mm) Rome Mint 
OBV. Veiled head of Vesta right. VEST before, Q.CASSIUS behind.
RV.  Curule chair within circular temple of Vesta between urn and voting tablet inscribed AC (Absolvo Condemno).
Crawford 428/1     Syd 917a     B.M.C. p.482     Well struck with cabinet toning, exceptional for the type.
 
      "This coin relates to the investigation held in 113 BC., over which an ancestor presided, into certain cases of incest, because the pontiffs were thought to have improperly acquitted two Vestal virgins, whilst they condemned one." Seaby
 
      "The celebrated temple of Vesta stood in the Roman Forum and its fragmentary remains are still visible there today." Sear 
 

      Quintus Cassius Longinus, the brother or cousin of Cassius, the murderer of Julius Caesar, was a governor in Hispania, comprising modern Spain and Portugal for Caesar. Cassius was one of the moneyers of the Roman mint in 55 BC. He served as a quaestor of Pompey in Spain in 54 BC. In 49 BC, as tribune of the people, he strongly supported the cause of Caesar, by whom he was made governor of Hispania Ulterior. He treated the provincials with great cruelty, and his appointment (48 BC) to take the field against Juba I of Numidia gave him an excuse for fresh oppression. The result was an unsuccessful insurrection at Cordoba. Cassius punished the leaders with merciless severity, and made the lot of the provincials harder than ever. At last some of his troops revolted under the quaestor Marcellus, who was proclaimed governor of the province. Cassius was surrounded by Marcellus in Ulia. Bogud, king of Mauretani and Marcus Lepidus, proconsul of Hispania Citerior, to whom Cassius had applied for assistance, negotiated an arrangement with Marcellus whereby Cassius was to be allowed to go free with the legions that remained loyal to him. Cassius sent his troops into winter quarters, hastened on board ship at Malaca  with his ill-gotten gains, but was wrecked in a storm at the mouth of the Ebro. His tyrannical government of Hispania greatly injured the cause of Caesar.

Ancient Coins - Q. CASSIUS LONGINUS, 55 BC. (AR Denarius 3.81g 19mm) Rome Mint
Ancient Coins - Q. CASSIUS LONGINUS, 55 BC. (AR Denarius 3.81g 19mm) Rome Mint
Ancient Coins - Q. CASSIUS LONGINUS, 55 BC. (AR Denarius 3.81g 19mm) Rome Mint
Ancient Coins - Q. CASSIUS LONGINUS, 55 BC. (AR Denarius 3.81g 19mm) Rome Mint
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