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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ Roman Coins ▸ The Severan Period ▸ DiadumenianView Options:  |  |  | 

Diadumenian, mid May - 8 June 218 A.D.

Diadumenian was the son of Macrinus and made Caesar at the age of nine in 217 A.D. and Augustus in 218. After his father's defeat he fled towards Parthia but was overtaken and executed.


Diadumenian, Mid May - 8 June 218 A.D., Deultum, Thrace

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Artemis is depicted here in the same pose as The Diana of Versailles, a slightly over life-size Roman marble statue from the 1st or 2nd century A.D., copying a lost Greek bronze original attributed to Leochares, c. 325 B.C. The sculpture has a stag at her side. The sculpture may have come from a sanctuary at Nemi or possibly from Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli. In 1556, it was given by Pope Paul IV to Henry II of France, a subtle allusion to the king's mistress, Diane de Poitiers. It is now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris.
RP79982. Bronze AE 25, Jurukova Deultum 80, SNG Deultum 162, Draganov Deultum 162 (O28/R284), Varbanov I 2169 (R4) corr. (running left), Moushmov 3573, SNG Cop -, VF, excellent portrait, well centered, nice sea green patina, light marks and scratches, areas of light corrosion, weight 9.948 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 180o, Deultum (Debelt, Bulgaria) mint, obverse C M OPEL ANTONINVS DIADV, bare-headed, draped bust right, from behind; reverse COL FL PA C DEVLT, Artemis (Diana) advancing right, drawing arrow from quiver with right hand, bow in left hand, dog bounding right at feet on far side; ex Apollo Numismatics ($125, summer 2008); rare; $165.00 (€146.85)
 


Diadumenian, Mid May - 8 June 218 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior

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Nicopolis ad Istrum was founded by Trajan around 101-106, at the junction of the Iatrus (Yantra) and the Rositsa rivers, in memory of his victory over the Dacians. Its ruins are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. The town peaked during the reigns of Trajan, Hadrian, the Antonines and the Severan dynasty. In 447, Nicopolis was destroyed by Attila's Huns. In the 6th century, it was rebuilt as a powerful fortress enclosing little more than military buildings and churches, following a very common trend for the cities of that century in the Danube area. It was finally destroyed by the Avar invasions at the end of the 6th century.
RB73701. Bronze tetrassarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.25.32.5 (R5), AMNG I/I 1806, Varbanov 3633 (R4), Moushmov 1349, SNG Cop -, VF, nice style, green patina, weight 8.672 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 45o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Marcus Agrippa, 217 - 218 A.D.; obverse K M OΠΠEΛ ANTΩNI ∆IAOYMENIANOC, bare head right; reverse YΠ AΓPIΠΠA NIKOΠOΛITΩN Π,POCICTΠ/Ω (ending in two lines in exergue), river-god seated left, nude but for cloak on his back and under him appearing like flowing water, right hand on right knee, resting left hand on toppled urn behind, from which water flows; $109.00 (€97.01) ON RESERVE


Diadumenian, Mid May - 8 June 218 A.D., Hierapolis-Kastabala, Cilicia

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Castabala, also known as Hieropolis and Hierapolis ad Pyramum, was a city in Cilicia (modern southern Turkey), near the Ceyhan (Pyramus (modern Ceyhan) River.
RP57211. Bronze AE 22, SNG BnF 2242, Lindgren I 1515, SNG Levante -, SNGvA -, Choice F, weight 8.171 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 0o, Cilicia, Hierapolis-Castabala (Kirmitli, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 11 Apr 217 - mid May 218 A.D.; obverse M O ΠEΛΛI ANTΩNINOC ∆IA∆ K, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse IEPOΠO KACTABAΛ, IEPOC in ex, prize basket between two lit torches; rare; $90.00 (€80.10)
 







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