A ROMAN BRONZE COIN OF JULIAN II (THE PHILOSOPHER)
Catalog:Coins:Roman: stock #1309637
Reign of Julian II (355-363 CE)
Obverse: Draped, cuirassed and rosette diademed bust of Julian II facing right. D N FL CL IVLIANUS P F AVG.
Reverse: Apis bull walking right, two stars in field above. SECRITAS REPUB. ANTΓ between two palm branches.
In extremely fine condition.
Diameter: 28mm; Weight: 8.5g
Olivewood box, Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.
Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Reference: RIC VIII, 216.
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.