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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Constantinian Era| > |Julian II| > RL34857
Julian II "the Apostate," February 360 - 26 June 363 A.D.
The common belief which identifies the bull with the Apis bull is probably wrong. An interesting passage from Dio Chrysostom compares a good ruler to a bull. Also, Julian was most likely born in May, in the sign of Taurus. The stars are probably the two important star clusters in Taurus, Pleiades and Hyades. Taurus or Apis, this bull is pagan and this coin was the last pagan coin type issued by the Empire.
RL34857. Billon double maiorina, RIC VIII Nicomedia 121, VF, black patina with earthen highlighting, 3rd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, weight 7.920g, maximum diameter 27.3mm, die axis 180o, 360 - 363 A.D.; obverse D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECVRITAS REIPVB (security of the Republic), bull standing right, two stars above, NIKΓ between branches in exergue; scarce; SOLD




  







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