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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, Mid May - 8 June 218 A.D., Prusa ad Olympum, Bithynia

|Bithynia|, |Diadumenian,| |Mid| |May| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.,| |Prusa| |ad| |Olympum,| |Bithynia||diassarion|NEW
Ajax was considered the second-best hero at Troy, after his cousin Achilles. Once Achilles dies, Ajax and Odysseus debate over who should receive his armor. When Odysseus is given the armor, Ajax goes mad. He kills Greek cattle believing that it is the Greek warriors. After he becomes aware of what he has done, he commits suicide. Ajax believes that after the cattle incident, killing himself is the only way to keep his status as a hero and to avoid bringing shame to his noble father Telamon.
RP99135. Bronze diassarion, Rec Gn II-4 p. 592, 123; SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, BMC Bithynia -, Lindgren -, F, green patina, light encrustations/deposits, areas of porosity, scratches, off center on a broad flan, weight 7.535 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 180o, Prusa ad Olympum, Bithynia mint, as caesar, 217 - 218 A.D.; obverse M OΠEΛ ANTΩNINOC ∆IA∆OYMENIANOC, bare head right; reverse ΠPOYCAEΩN, Ajax falling on his sword to commit suicide, kneeling left before a rocky outcropping, nude but for crested helmet and balteus, shield and cuirass on ground before him; Coin Archives records only one specimen of the type at auction in the last two decades; extremely rare; $140.00 (133.00)


|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, RSC III 3, BMCRE V 88, RIC IV 102.2a (S), BMCRE V 88, 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, seen from the 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


|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.
SH91315. Silver denarius, RSC III 3a, RIC IV 102.2a (S), SRCV II 7449, BMCRE V 88 (seen from front), Hunter III 2 var. (same, also cuirassed), FDC, full boarders centering, bold strike, toned, flow lines, small closed edge crack, weight 3.149 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 11 Apr 217 - mid May 218 A.D.; obverse M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, bare-headed and draped right, seen from behind; reverse PRINC IVVENTVTIS (Prince of Youth), Diadumenian standing facing, bare head right, wearing military garb, standard in right hand, short scepter in left hand, two grounded standards to right; scarce; SOLD







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