A ROMAN BRONZE COIN OF JULIAN THE PHILOSOPHER
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Reign of Emperor Julian The Philosopher (355-363 A.D.)
Obverse: Finely engraved bust of Julian wearing the royal diadem and robes, fastened by a large brooch at the shoulder; Latin legend DN FL CL IVLIANVS PF AVG, abbreviated form of Dominus Noster Flavius Claudius Julianus Pius Felix Augustus = 'Our Lord Flavius Claudius Julianus Dutiful and Wise Augustus'
Reverse: The Apis Bull standing right, two stars above; Latin legend SECVRITAS REIPVB = 'The Security of the Republic'
Found in the Holy Land. In modern, handcrafted, 18K gold setting. In exceptional condition.
29 mm diameter; 15.7 g weight for gold and coin
Worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority
David Van Meter, “Handbook of Roman Imperial Coins”, (Laurion Press, 1991)
Julian The Philosopher, AD 355-363
Julian was the last emperor who attempted to restore the old pagan gods of Rome after the emperor Constantine had adopted Christianity as the state religion. Reviled by later Christian writers he is often referred to as Julian the Apostate. The current coin is the largest and finest of Julian's issues and the bull on the reverse most probably depicts the Apis Bull, a lost Egyptian religious image which was rediscovered during Julian's reign.