28 Mar - 1 Jun AD 193

AR Denarius. 2.41g, 19.2mm
MINTED: Rome mint, 28th March – 1st June AD 193
REF: RIC IV 2 (R3); Cohen 10; BMC 6
OBVERSE: IMP CAES M DID IVLIAN AVG, laureate head right.
REVERSE: [P M T]R P COS, Fortuna standing front, head to left, holding rudder on globe in her right hand and cornucopiae in her left.



Fine. Some crystallization of metal. Nice portrait with virtually complete obverse legends.


Historical Note:

Didius Julianus was emperor for a mere nine weeks in AD 193, the Year of the Five Emperors.  He was one of Rome's richest men, and literally bought the throne by paying off the Praetorian Guards who had assassinated the previous emperor, Pertinax.  Not accepting his legitimacy, three other Roman generals declared themselves emperor too.   - Septimius Severus, Pescennius Niger, and Clodius Albinus.  A civil war ensued, and with the fast approach of Septimius Severus's army, Julianus quickly lost support within the capital, and the Senate sentenced him to death.  He was killed by a soldier in the royal palace on 1 June 193.

DIDIUS JULIANUS . AD 193 . AR Denarius . The Emperor Who Bought the Throne

SKU: 3418
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