|ROMAN BRONZE DENOMINATION OF JULIAN II 'THE APOSTATE,' REIGNED AD 360-363
Julian II 'the Apostate', large bronze denomination
Diameter: 28 mm.; Weight: 8.35 grams
Cyzicus mint, AD 360-363
Obverse: Pearl diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust of Julian right. Legend: D N FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG.
Reverse: Bull standing right; two stars above. Legend: SECVRITAS REIPVB.
Very fine condition.
Ex American private collection.
Reference: H. Mattingly, et al. The Roman Imperial Coinage. 10 Vols. London. 1923-1994. Volume VIII, no 127.
|Julian was the last non-Christian emperor of the Roman Empire who strove to bring the Empire back to its pagan ancient Roman values in order to save it from ruin. As emperor, he attempted to revive ancient Roman religious practices and rejected Christianity which lead the Church to later give him the epithet ‘the Apostate’ or ‘one who has abandoned their religion.’|