Almost Uncirculated Roman Empire silver siliqua, issued 360 to 363 CE, RIC VIII 233, 1.98g, 17mm.
Minted for Julian II as Augustus at Lugdunum (LVG) mint (SLVG) at the second officina (S) between 360 to 363 CE.
Pedigree: From the Collection of a Philhellene, Ex. CNG, Aution 41 (19 March 1997), lot 2330.
NGC Certified to AU*, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5.
The Star designation indicates that the coin has exceptional eye appeal, usually derived from some impressive aspect(s) of the strike, surface or style. Since ancient coins are produced from individually prepared dies, the Star designation often will be awarded based upon some remarkable aspect of a design, and it may be derived partially (though not exclusively) from an important pedigree that adds significantly to its appeal to collectors.
Obverse: IVLIA-NVS P P AVG, peral-diademed and cuirassed bust right, beardless, seen from front, .
Reverse: VOT / X / MVLT / XX, legend in four lines with laurel wreath terminating in large jewel, SLVG below.
Julian II (Flavius Claudius Julianus) was born AD 331/332, Constantinople and died June 26/27, 363, Ctesiphon, Mesopotamia, was Roman emperor from AD 361 to 363. Julian was the nephew of Constantine the Great, and a noted scholar and military leader. He was proclaimed emperor by his troops. A persistent enemy of Christianity, he publicly announced his conversion to paganism in 361, thus acquiring the epithet “the Apostate.”
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