46-5 B.C. Gnaes Pomey Junior, Son of Pompey 'The Great' silver Denarius - gFine

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46-5 B.C. Gnaes Pomey Junior, Son of Pompey 'The Great' silver Denarius - gFine

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46-45 B.C - Gnaeus Pomey Junior, (Eldest son of Pompey The Great), silver Denarius, Spanish mint
Obv. M. POBLICI. LEG PRO, PR behind, Roma head to right in Corinthian helmet
Rev. CN MAGNVS. IMP, female Hispania to right, presenting palm to Pompey alighting from prow
Attractive 'old world' tone, good centring, graded as good fine and very scarce
(S.1384, Cr.469/1a, Syd.1035)
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Gnaeus Pompeius Junior was the elder son of Pompey the Great by his third wife, Mucia Tertia and was born in 79 B.C. Both he and his younger brother Sextus Pompey grew up in the shadow of their father, one of Rome's highest-ranking generals. When Julius Caesar became a threat crossing the Rubicon in 49 BC, thus starting a civil war, Gnaeus followed his father in their escape to the East, as did most of the conservative senators. Pompey's army lost the Battle of Pharsalus in 48 BC, and Pompey himself had to run for his life, on 29 September the same year he was murdered in Egypt.

After the death of his father, both brothers joined the resistance against Caesar in the Africa Province. Together with Metellus Scipio, Cato the Younger and other senators, they prepared to oppose Caesar and his army to the end. Caesar defeated Metellus Scipio and Cato, who subsequently committed suicide, at the Battle of Thapsus in 46 BC. Gnaeus escaped, this time to the Balearic Islands, where he joined Sextus. Together with Titus Labienus, former general in Caesar's army, the Pompey brothers crossed over to Hispania (the Iberian Peninsula, comprising modern Spain and Portugal), where they raised yet another army.

Gnaeus Pompeius Junior was the elder son of Pompey the Great by his third wife, Mucia Tertia and was born in 79 B.C. Both he and his younger brother Sextus Pompey grew up in the shadow of their father, one of Rome's highest-ranking generals. When Julius Caesar became a threat crossing the Rubicon in 49 BC, thus starting a civil war, Gnaeus followed his father in their escape to the East, as did most of the conservative senators. Pompey's army lost the Battle of Pharsalus in 48 BC, and Pompey himself had to run for his life, on 29 September the same year he was murdered in Egypt.
After the death of his father, both brothers joined the resistance against Caesar in the Africa Province. Together with Metellus Scipio, Cato the Younger and other senators, they prepared to oppose Caesar and his army to the end. Caesar defeated Metellus Scipio and Cato, who subsequently committed suicide, at the Battle of Thapsus in 46 BC. Gnaeus escaped, this time to the Balearic Islands, where he joined Sextus. Together with Titus Labienus, former general in Caesar's army, the Pompey brothers crossed over to Hispania (the Iberian Peninsula, comprising modern Spain and Portugal), where they raised yet another army.
Caesar soon followed and the armies met in the Battle of Munda on 17 March 45 BC, the battle was closely fought, but eventually turned to Caesar's favour. Gnaeus and brother Sextus once again managed to escape, unfortunately the Pompeian army lost approximately 30,000 men in the battle, the brothers found it difficult to drum up support thereafter and Caesar's victory look inevitable. Within weeks, Gnaeus was cornered and killed and Sextus escaped and later embarked on a new career as naval commander in the period of renewed civil war following Caesar's assassination.

unfortunately the Pompeian army lost approximately 30,000 men in the battle, the brothers found it difficult to drum up support thereafter and Caesar's victory look inevitable. Within weeks, Gnaeus was cornered and killed and Sextus escaped and later embarked on a new career as naval commander in the period of renewed civil war following Caesar's assassination.
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Country of IssueItaly
Year of Issue46-5 B.C
DenominationDenarius
MetalSilver
Metal Purity (%)92.50
GradeGood Fine
Dimensions19.00
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