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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Roman Coins| ▸ |The Severan Period| ▸ |Diadumenian||View 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|, |Diadumenian,| |Mid| |May| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.||denarius|
In 217, the Colosseum was badly damaged by a fire started by lightning, which destroyed the wooden upper levels of the amphitheater.
SH56859. Silver denarius, RIC IV 102.2a (S), BMCRE V 88, RSC III 3, SRCV II 7449, Hunter III 2 var. (also cuirassed), EF, excellent portrait, fantastic rainbow toning, weight 3.927 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, 11 Apr 217 - mid May 218 A.D.; obverse M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, bare-headed and draped right, from front; reverse PRINC IVVENTVTIS (Prince of Youth), Diadumenian standing slightly left, head right, in military dress, standard in right, short scepter in left, two grounded standards behind on right; ex Dorotheum; scarce; SOLD


Macrinus and Diadumenian, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior

|Marcianopolis|, |Macrinus| |and| |Diadumenian,| |11| |April| |217| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.,| |Marcianopolis,| |Moesia| |Inferior||pentassarion|
The Greeks and Romans did not view snakes as evil creatures but rather as symbols and tools for healing and fertility. Asclepius, the son of Apollo and Koronis, learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one snake bringing another snake healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.
RP16988. Bronze pentassarion, Varbanov I p. 144, 1214; SNG Cop 226, aVF, brown patina, flan crack, weight 10.790 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 180o, Markianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Pontianus, 217 - 218 A.D.; obverse AY K OΠΠEΛ CEYH MAKPEINOC K M OΠΠEΛ ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head of Macrinus right facing bare-head of Diadumenian left; reverse YΠ ΠONTIANOY MAPKIANOΠOΛEITΩN, snake in four coils with head erect, E (mark of value) left; ex Wallace Widtman Collection; SOLD







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