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ID:     90010172
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Julian II
Date Ruled:     AD 355-363
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Solidus
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 355-361
Weight:     4.54 g
Obverse Legend:     D N IVLIANVS_NOB CAESAR
Obverse Description:     Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Description:     Roma and Constantinopolis enthroned, the latter turned to left. Between them they hold a shield shield inscribed VOT/V/MVLT/X
Exergue:     ●SIRMC
Mint Mark:     ●SIRMC
Mint:     Sirmium
Primary Reference:     RIC unlisted
Reference2:     SRCV 4057v
Reference3:     VM 002v
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Extremely rare, apparently the only known solidus of Julian Caesar from Sirmium
Notes:     Sale: Nomos 1, Lot: 172 Extremely fine. From the collections of a Gentleman and of Victor Adda, Christie’s, 8 October 1985 “Property of a Lady”, 226.Julian II was the last descendent of Constantine I to rule the empire and, at the same time, the last pagan emperor (the latter factor contributing to the ‘bad press’ he received from the writings of Church commentators). His basic interest was in restoring the glories of the past. Born in 331, he was the son of Constantine I’s half-brother Julius Constantius and his early years were happy ones. However, most of his family was destroyed in the massacres of 337 that were planned by Constantius II. He was spared because of his age and moved to Nicomedia where he received a first-rate education, especially in Neo-Platonic philosophy. Since there were no suitable male relatives left alive, Constantius II appointed Julian Caesar in 355 with responsibility for the western provinces. He proved to be an able general and administrator, but his successes aroused Constantius’ jealousy, ultimately leading to Julian’s soldiers proclaiming him Augustus in 360.