Amazing NGC MS (Mint State) Ancient Thracian or Scythian Coson Koson Gold Coin circa 44-42 B.C.

Amazing NGC MS (Mint State) Ancient Thracian or Scythian Coson Koson Gold Coin circa 44-42 B.C.
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 This amazing ancient gold coin was issued by Coson (Koson), king of Thrace, under Roman rule. Circa 44-42 B.C.

 

Graded by NGC as MS (Mint State) with outstanding bold strike (5 of 5) and excellent surfaces (4 of 5)

There is plenty of original mint luster remaining on this beautiful coin

  Description & History:

Thracian or Scythian king Coson (Koson). Issued after 54 BC. AV Stater (8.57g) under Roman rule. Roman consul (Brutus) accompanied by two lictors; monogram to left; Reverse: Eagle standing left on scepter, holding wreath.   Obverse is inspired by the denarius issue of Brutus in 54 BC. This coinage was believed to be struck during the period when Brutus was raising troops in northern Greece in preparation for the final confrontation with Antony and Octavian.

This ancient Roman gold stater was issued by Marcus Junius Brutus, the infamous murderer of Julius Caesar in the Roman Senate house on the Ides of March in 44BC. Brutus's contemporaries admired him for his political integrity and intellectual and literary attainments. Brutus thought of himself as a defender of the Roman Republic. He killed Caesar to prevent the dictator from toppling the Roman system of government that had allowed Rome to prosper for centuries.

This AV stater coin was made soon after Caesar's death. Rome was plunged into a civil war after Caesar's assassination as several factions fought for control of the empire. Brutus was in Greece to raise a huge army of 17 legions to fight the combined armies of Marc Antony and Octavian (later known as Caesar Augustus). It is believed a Thracian king named Coson (who was allied with the Republican legions led by Brutus) provided the gold that Brutus used to mint this coin. Antony and Octavian crushed Brutus and his ally Cassius at the battle of Phillipi in Greece in 42 B.C.  Brutus committed suicide a few days later. Despite Brutus's murder of Caesar, the Republic quickly came to an end when the Roman Senate ushered in the Imperial era by declaring Octavian as Emperor Augustus.

Roman generals typically carried massive amounts of coins because the legionaries expected to be paid immediately after a battle. The treasury chests full of gold and silver were buried before a battle to prevent the enemy from capturing it in the event of a defeat. This coin is believed to have been among the treasury chests Brutus used to pay his legions. After the battle the chests would be dug up and the soldiers would be paid, but since Brutus's army was destroyed the chest containing this coin was left undisturbed underground for more than 2000 years. 

Don't miss this opportunity to own an important uncirculated gold coin over 2,000 years old!