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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., Hierapolis, Cyrrhestica, Syria

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Modern Membij, was renamed Hierapolis, (Holy City) by Seleucus Nicator and his wife Stratonice when they built a temple for the goddess of fertility and water, Atargatis (dea Syria). The city retained the name Hierapolis for only a few hundred years. Religious ceremonies before Roman times may have included child sacrifice. -- The Syro-Phoenician Tetradrachms and Their Fractions by Michael and Karin Prieur
RY85320. Silver tetradrachm, Prieur 947 (43 spec.), Bellinger Syrian 108, SNG Cop -, BMC Galatia -, VF, light toning, attractive style, tight flan, reverse slightly off center, light marks, porous, edge split, weight 13.025 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 180o, Cyrrhestica, Hierapolis-Bambyce (Membij, Syria) mint, Middle May - 8 Jun 218 A.D.; obverse AYT K M OΠEΛ ANTΩEINOC, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse ∆HMAPX EΞ YΠATOC (holder of Tribunitian power, consul), eagle standing facing, wings spread, head right, wreath in beak, lion walking right between eagle's legs; $225.00 (191.25)


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, the 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.
RP84848. Bronze AE 28, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.25.3.1 (R3, same dies); SNG Cop 280; AMNG I/1 1833; Moushmov 1360; Varbanov I 3775 (R3); BMC Thrace -, Choice VF, dark sea-green patina, well centered, some legend slightly weak, edge cracks, centration dimples, weight 13.059 g, maximum diameter 27.8 mm, die axis 180o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Statius Longinus, 217 - 218; obverse K M OΠEΛ ANTΩN ∆IA∆OVMENIANOC, bare-headed, laureate, and draped bust right; reverse VΠ CTATIOV ΛONΓINOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN, Hera standing left, phiale in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left, ΠR-OC divided low across field, ICTPO in exergue; $120.00 (102.00)


Diadumenian, Mid May - 8 June 218 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior

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Diana 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 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 Muse du Louvre, Paris.
RP84156. Bronze triassarion, H-J Marcianopolis 6.25.13.2 (R3); Varbanov I 1311 (R3); AMNG I/I 787; BMC Thrace p. 33, 40; SNG Cop -, VF, grainy, large flan split/crack, centration dimples, weight 8.989 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 0o, Markianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria) mint, 217 - 218 A.D.; obverse M K OΠEΛAION ANTΩNEINOC K, Bare headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse MAPKIANO-ΠOΛEITΩN, Artemis advancing right, bow in left hand, drawing arrow from quiver with right hand, hound at feet springing right on her far side, Γ (mark of value) behind; $80.00 (68.00)


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 (ending in exergue), prize basket between two lit torches; rare; $75.00 (63.75)







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