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Check out the patina on this ancient.

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Talk about some eye appeal. Plus, the emperor on the coin, Julian, is quite an interesting character.


Julian II Æ1 28mm. 362-363 AD.


Æ 1, LRBC 2640. 8.9gm, 28mm, gVF, D N FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / SECVRITAS REIPVB, bull standing right, two stars above; (palm) ANTD (palm).

super desert patina, found in Petra south Jordan.



Julian died during an indecisive battle near Maranga, when the Sassanid army raided his column. While pursuing the retreating enemy with few men, Julian acted valiantly yet foolishly by rushing into battle without wearing armor. He received a wound from a spear that reportedly pierced the lower lobe of his liver, the peritoneum and intestines. The wound was not immediately deadly. Julian was treated by his personal physician, Oribasius of Pergamum, who seems to have made every attempt to treat the wound. This probably included the irrigation of the wound with a dark wine, and a procedure known as gastrorrhaphy, in which an attempt is made to suture the damaged intestine.


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