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My first coin show of 2023, a surprise Julian siliqua.


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While it's no NYINC, it's still a humble show where I could get gems like these, I was rummaging through a dealer's ancient unattributed junk lot and came across this coin, at first I thought it was one of those late Roman bronzes, but noticed some silvery deposits, so I took a chance and bought it for 20 bucks. At first I cleaned it with baking soda, and then treated with sodium thiosulfate to remove some horn silver, although I didn't clean it thoroughly as to leave a little deposits for some contrast.




a.jpg.7e1a94e705fc41743d1553e9bc76cdb6.jpgDN CL IVLIANVS AVG

TR (Treveri), Palm branch next to mint mark,

360-363 AD, 1.70g.

I'm glad all the legends are present on both sides given how these siliquae were extensively clipped!

Please share your coins of the last apostate! 

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I don't think of ancients as junk bin items. Although there are some Roman coins that probably are - fallen horseman, Theodosius II bronzes. Julian was early enough that he often gets away without being clipped.

Julian II Contemporary Imitation Siliqua, 361-363
Imitating Arles. Silver, 16mm, 1.63g. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; D N FL CL IVLIA-NVS P F AVG. VOT X MVLT XX within wreath, dot in medallion at top; CONS in exergue (cf RIC VIII, 312). From the West Norfolk/Grimston Hoard 2018. Portable Antiquities Scheme: NMS-963FF1.

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Julian II, AD 360-363. Æ 19mm (3.0g, xh). Sirmium mint, 2nd officina. Struck AD 361-363. Obv: D N FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG; Diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield. Rev: VOT/X/MVLT/XX within wreath; BSIRM. Ref: RIC VIII 108. 

Perhaps the Celator had a fun night on the town started to cut "VOT XX" before waking up.


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5 hours ago, Broucheion said:

Hi @Edessa,

Looks like he messed up the MVLT too before recutting the die.

- Broucheion 

Roger. A quick scan of a few hundred examples online didn't bring to light a die match. Perhaps he was embarrassed and immediately made another mistake. That sounds like something I might do.

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