ambr0zie Posted December 10, 2022 · Member Share Posted December 10, 2022 I am posting this in the Imperial section because it seems there is no Provincial subforum?( @Restitutor, perhaps it wouldn't be bad) Anyway, I do not have a Diadumenian or Macrinus imperial coin but I managed to reunite them in a method I always wanted. Macrinus does not have much of a history. Not a happy one anyway. Under Caracalla, in 212 AD, he was named praetorian prefect under Caracalla, dealing with civil affairs in Rome, but conspired directly in Caracalla's elimination and proclamed himself as emperor, without approval from Senate. His reign was short because Julia Maesa instigated a rebellion and had Elagabal made emperor. The Battle of Antioch, that clarified the destiny of the Roman Empire, meant Macrinus had to flee but was captured and executed. His son, Diadumenian, who reigned with Macrinus, had the same fate, as he was fleeing to Parthia but never made it. Macrinus and Diadumenian were then declared enemies of the state and the Severan dynasty continued. Interesting facts - Macrinus was the first Roman emperor from Mauretania; first who never visited Rome; first emperor from equestrian class. As I do not have imperial coins from Macrinus, my favorite is this one from Laodicea ad Mare, because of the reverse, one of my favorite reverses in coinage. Seleucis and Pieria. Laodicea ad Mare. Macrinus AD 217-218. Bronze Æ 27 mm, 13,60 g IMP C M OP S-EVE MACRINO-S AVG, laureate head of Macrinus right / ROMAE above, FEL in exergue, she-wolf standing right, head turned to look back at the suckling twins, Romulus and Remus. Cf. SNG Hunterian 3218 (obv. legend); SNG Righetti 2121; SNG Copenhagen 369; BMC 98. Diadumenian was missing and for a few months I keep thinking about a type from Deultum that I lost because of bad strategy in the auction. Managed to grab one today and even if I paid a little more than I usually do for provincials, I am quite happy with it! Thrace. Deultum. Diadumenian AD 218-218. Bronze Æ. 24 mm, 9,44 g M OPEL ANTONINVS DIADV C, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right / COL FL PAC DEVLT, She-wolf standing right, suckling twins, Γ in exergue. Varbanov 2217-8 var. (obv. legend); Corpus Nummorum Cf Online 11917; Jurukova 214-6. I am very glad that it's a "pair" with the Macrinus coin and the fact that it is from a different city (that was also missing from my collection) is a plus! A possible target for 2023 would be a coin from a Thracian city with Macrinus and Diadumenian facing. Please post: - Macrinus and/or Diadumenian coins - coins with the she-wolf and twins - coins from Deultum - coins you bought at second attempt, or whatever you feel relevant 17 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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