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Julian II "the Apostate," February 360 - 26 June 363 A.D.
Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. In art Spes is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, while the left is raising a fold of her dress. She was also named "ultima dea" - for Hope is the last resort of men. On this coin, the Caesar, Julian II, the designated successor of the emperor, is identified as the hope for the future of the Roman people.
RL88063. Bronze reduced maiorina, RIC VIII
Cyzicus 118 (S), LRBC
II 2505, SRCV V
19090, Cohen VIII
47, Hunter V
-, aVF, well centered
, dark patina
, scratches, a little rough, 3rd officina
, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, weight
1.120g, maximum diameter
15.4mm, die axis
, as caesar
, 6 Nov 355 - 3 Nov 361 A.D.; obverse
D N FL CL IVLIANVS NOB C
, bare headed, draped, and cuirassed bust
right; reverse SPES REIPVBLICAE
, emperor standing left, helmeted, in military dress, globe in extended right hand, vertical spear in left hand, SMKΓ in exergue
; very scarce
Catalog current as of Monday, March 18, 2019.
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