Friday, April 9, 2010

Sculpture - Medal for a Murder

Not every high level assassin mints his own gold coins to commemorate the occasion.

This unique gold coin went on display at the British Museum on March 15th. Yes, that's the Ides of March. It commemorates the assassination of Julius Caesar with a portrait on one side and two daggers and the hat of a freeman on the other side. The hat was a symbol of the conspirators belief in the Roman republic instead of the tyranny that Caesar represented. Most likely it was worn as a badge by one of the killers.

I wish they'd shown the entire coin instead of cropping it. Of the two know examples of this coin, one is believed to be a forgery, so maybe they're just taking precautions.

More on the coin here.