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Small token of a Roman’s murderous ambitions

When the Frenchman Gaston Bachelard wrote “Miniature is one of the refuges of greatness,” he wasn’t thinking specifically of coins. But coins, which are among the smallest objects collected by art museums, can be hugely charismatic.

One of the star objects in the marvelous new gallery for ancient coins at the Museum of Fine Arts, this coin was issued by Marcus Junius Brutus, the most famous of Julius Caesar’s assassins.

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