The moneyer of this coin is M. Iunius Brutus. The obverse clearly celebrates liberty, which refers both to Rome’s general rejection of monarchy, but also more specifically to the ancestors of the minter and their role in events pertaining to this ideology. Though this denarius was minted prior to the death of Caesar, it foreshadows a dangerous pattern in the gens (family line) of the Bruti: they were famous for their tyrannicides. Brutus’ ancestor L. Iunius Brutus is celebrated on the reverse of this coin, shown as the first consul, leading Rome after overthrowing the last king of Rome, Tarquinius. Other coins minted by Brutus feature another forebear, C. Servilius Ahala, who, also like Brutus, personally killed another ambitious man suspected of plotting to be king. In 44 BCE Brutus would join his esteemed relatives when he served as the most instrumental conspirator against Caesar, leading to the dictator's death at the hands of sixty other senatorial men. KHK.