Inextricably linked to the assassination of Julius Caesar, and top value at $59 apiece, the Battle of Philippi Bronze coins have a fascinating tale to tell.
In 44BC, Julius Caesar was murdered by a group of senators, including Brutus and Cassius. They believed he was subverting the constitution of the Republic, and attempting to become sole ruler. Mark Antony and Octavian - who would become Augustus, first ruler of the Roman Empire - assembled an army and pursued the assassins to avenge Caesar's death. This was more than just revenge though. The Battle of Philippi would determine whether Rome would be a democracy or an autocracy. Antony and Octavian triumphed, Cassius and Brutus committed suicide, and the die was cast. Octavian would one day rule Rome as dictator.
Struck by Augustus to honour his victory over Caesar's assassins, the Battle of Philippi coins are genuine artefacts of a pivotal moment in the history of western civilisation.