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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Roman Coins| ▸ |The Severan Period| ▸ |Diadumenian||View Options:  |  |  | 

Diadumenian, mid May - 8 June 218 A.D.

Diadumenian was the son of Macrinus and made Caesar at the age of nine in 217 A.D. and Augustus in 218. After his father's defeat he fled towards Parthia but was overtaken and executed.


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In 217, the Colosseum was badly damaged by a fire started by lightning, which destroyed the wooden upper levels of the amphitheater.
SH91315. Silver denarius, RIC IV 102.2a (S), BMCRE V 88, RSC III 3, SRCV II 7449, Hunter III 2 var. (also cuirassed), FDC, full boarders centering, bold strike, toned, flow lines, small closed edge crack, weight 3.149 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 11 Apr 217 - mid May 218 A.D.; obverse M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, bare-headed and draped right, from front; reverse PRINC IVVENTVTIS (Prince of Youth), Diadumenian standing facing, bare head right, wearing military garb, standard in right hand, short scepter in left hand, two grounded standards to right; scarce; $720.00 (633.60)


Diadumenian, Mid May - 8 June 218 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior

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Ploutos was the god of wealth, born to the goddess Demeter after she lay with the hero Iasion. The young god was blinded by Zeus so he would distribute wealth indiscriminately and not favor the good. Ploutos was usually depicted as a boy holding a cornucopia full of grain. In sculpture he was portrayed as an infant in the arms of Eirene, goddess of peace, or Tyche, goddess of good fortune. The reverse legend tells us this coin was struck under the Consular Legate (Governor) Statius Longinus. On all other dies from this issue Tyche looks left and Ploutos is not present.
RP91930. Bronze AE 25, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.25.38.10, AMNG I/I 1868, Varbanov -; Moushmov -, F, tight flan, light corrosion, central depressions, weight 8.971 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, die axis 0o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, as caesar, 11 Apr 217 - mid May 218 A.D.; obverse M OΠEΛΛI ∆IA∆OVMENIANOC KAI, bare headed, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse VΠ CTA ΛONΓINOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC IC, Tyche Euposia standing facing, head right, kalathos on head, holding rudder by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, the infant Ploutos seated left on her left arm; extremely rare; $140.00 (123.20)


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In 217, the Colosseum was badly damaged by a fire started by lightning, which destroyed the wooden upper levels of the amphitheater.
SH56859. Silver denarius, RIC IV 102.2a (S), BMCRE V 88, RSC III 3, SRCV II 7449, Hunter III 2 var. (also cuirassed), EF, excellent portrait, fantastic rainbow toning, weight 3.927 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, 11 Apr 217 - mid May 218 A.D.; obverse M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, bare-headed and draped right, from front; reverse PRINC IVVENTVTIS (Prince of Youth), Diadumenian standing slightly left, head right, in military dress, standard in right, short scepter in left, two grounded standards behind on right; ex Dorotheum; scarce; SOLD







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Roman Coins of Diadumenian