A. Postumius Albinus, Rome 81 BC

A. Postumius Albinus, Rome 81 BC


AR Serrate Denarius, 3.91g (18mm, 12h). Draped bust of Diana facing right, bow and quiver over shoulder, a bucranium above / A POST A F S N ALBIN, togate figure standing left over rocks, holding aspergillum over a bull, a lighted altar between them.

References: Crawford 372/1; Syd 745; RBW 1392

Grade:  Iridescent toning. Good VF  (rr1010)

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Aulus Postumius Albinus was a Roman statesman and served as consul with Marcus Antonius (the father of Mark Antony).  While history has left Albinus relatively unknown his one mark in history, whether good or bad, was being the adoptive father of Brutus, one of the murderers of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. Brutus’ full name was Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus, of which the Albinus comes directly from the moneyer of this coin.The Albinus family extended back to the 5th century BC when the name was originally Albus.