By Billy Cox
Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune
Friday, October 30, 3030
A prediction by a local numismatics expert made big headlines Thursday when a Roman artifact exceeded expectations to become the world's most expensive ancient coin.
The 8.06 gram-sized gold coin, commemorating one of history's most notorious regicides and minted in 42 B.C., went for $4.188 million to an unnamed bidder, according to Roma Numismatics Limited, which sponsored the auction in London.
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The coin had once been in the collection of 18th-century Baron Dominique de Chambrier of Switzerland and was so coveted that England's King George III was duped into purchasing a fake, the forgery now on display at the British Museum.
Roma Numismatics offered a summary of the genuine item’s appeal:
"Foremost of the reasons for the exalted position of the type in the collective consciousness is its naked and shameless celebration of the murder of Julius Caesar two years earlier, in 44 B.C. This brutal and bloody assassination had been prompted by the well-founded belief among the Senate that Caesar intended to make himself king. ..."
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