File 132 - Rome.

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  • 54 BCE (Creation)

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1 coin : silver ; 1.7 cm diam

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Born April 12, 1891 to William Thomas Pyke and Annie Warner, Edgar William Pyke was a high school classics teacher who collected coins to use for teaching examples for his classes. Raised in Toronto, he attended McMaster University until his schooling was interrupted by the First World War. Edgar enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on May 20, 1916 and was sent to France. He was wounded at Vimy in April of 1917 suffering a shrapnel wound to the left arm and chest. After being invalided back to Canada he recovered at the Central Military Convalescence Hospital before returning to his studies. He graduated in 1919 and was able to secure employment as a teacher of classics. On August 4, 1925 he married Ethel Morgan of England. Edgar died in 1981 and is buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto.

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Silver denarius from Rome (Italy) showing on the obverse the head of Liberty and on the reverse the consul Lucius Junius Brutus walking left, between two lictors, carrying fasces over their shoulders, and preceded by an accensus. The coin was minted by Marcus Junius Brutus during the reign of Julius Caesar.

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Donated in 2019 by Elizabeth Kerr.


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Created JB March 2082

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