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ID:     RIC_unlisted
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Julian II
Date Ruled:     AD 355-363
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     1 1/2 Solidi
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 355-360
Weight:     5.42 g
Obverse Legend:     D N CL IVLIAN_VS NOB CAES
Obverse Description:     Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust left
Reverse Legend:     FELIX ADVENTVS NOB CAES N
Reverse Description:     Prince riding horse left, raising hand
Exergue:     TES
Mint Mark:     TES
Mint:     Thessalonica
Primary Reference:     RIC unlisted
Photograph Credit:     Dirty Old Coins
Source:     http://www.dirtyoldcoins.com
Special Comments:     Note on Tantalus by Dirty Old Coins - Jan 24, 12 - Bulgarian national museum
Notes:     As always it is difficult to work from images. Not sure if you have coin archives pro, but if you do this link should work for you : http://pro.coinarchives.com/00132562a3216aba81566c422d259180/img/nac/033/image00607.jpg If you cannot access that link the coin was sold by Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 52 7 October 2009 Lot number: 628 - It is a Constantius Gallus as Caesar solidus that appears to be of identical style obverse, close enough to likely be the same celator, and which would have been struck at Thessalonika at about the same time. While not a direct comparison Emperor for Emperor, as there don't seem to be any solidus of Julian as Caesar at that time to compare to, it is a close enough comparison to say the Bulgarian medallion is within the style of what one of the celators at Thessalonika was doing at that time. This I don't think we can dismiss this coin on style lone. I would thus assume it is genuine unless proven otherwise by some other method. Robert Kokotailo