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Gnaeus Pompey Junior

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129Silver Denarius

Son of Pompey the Great

(executed by Caesar in 45 BC)

Gnaeus Pompey was the eldest son of Pompey the Great by his third wife, Murcia. Gnaeus was a loyal officer who fought alongside his father. He joined his father and the corrupt Senate of Rome during the Civil War in opposition to Julius Caesar. In 48 BC, Gnaeus burned part of Caesar’s fleet and harassed the ships of Marc Antony during the Dyrrhachium campaign.

Following his father’s defeat at the battle of Pharsalus, Gnaeus fled to North Africa, where he became one of the leaders of the Pompeian cause. In 46 BC, Gnaeus was dealt another crushing blow by his defeat at the battle of Thaosus. Becoming a master at escape, Gnaeus managed to flee the battle scene again, sailing off to the Balearic Islands, where he was joined up with his brother – Sextus. Both the remaining sons of Pompey the Great sought once again to raise yet another army, this time in Spain.

Caesar bullet from Battle Munda

Caesar arrived in Spain in 45 BC, and the conclusion was not much different from before. The resulting battle of Munda was hard fought, but the victor once again was Julius Caesar. However, Gnaeus’ ability to escape came into play once again as he managed to flee the battle scene. Nonetheless, this time, Gnaeus ran out of supporters and safe havens. Within a matter of a few weeks, Gnaeus Pompey Junior was hunted down, captured, and beheaded.

Monetary System

CN Pompey Jr AR DenariiCN Pompey Jr AR Denarius Corduba CR 470 1a

Mints: Military moving Mint

Obverse Legends:

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  • AR Denarius (Helmeted head Roma rt)
  • AR denarius (Bare hd rt/Corduba welcoming Soldier) (Extremely Rare
  • AR denarius (Bare hd rt/Soldier between 2 Spanis 1 kneeling)

CN Pompey AE As Cr 479 1 33.48 grams XF

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Contemporary Imitation

CN Pompey Jr AE As Imitation CR 479 1

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