DIADUMENIAN, as Caesar
AR Denarius. 3.09g, 20mm
MINTED: Rome mint, Sep AD 217 - May AD 218
REF: RIC Macrinus 102; Cohen 3
OBVERSE: M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, bareheaded and draped bust right.
REVERSE: PRINC IVVENTVTIS, Diadumenian in military attire standing left, holding military standard in right hand and scepter in left; two standards to right.
Good Very Fine. Attractive portrait of the hapless and doomed young prince. Lightly toned; small nick on cheek of portrait.
Diadumenian was the son of Macrinus, who became Roman emperor in 217 when Caracalla was murdered, perhaps at Macrinus's instigation. Caracalla's aunt, the powerful Syrian noblewoman Julia Maesa, stirred up a revolt against Macrinus that eventually lead to his downfall and execution in June 218. Before his death, Macrinus had attempted to send Diadumenian, who was 10 years old at the time, to seek refuge at the Parthian court, but he was captured en route and killed.
DIADUMENIAN, as Caesar . AD 217-218 . AR Denarius . Son of Macrinus
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