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ID number:  BIRBI-R1302
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  G. Haines Collection
Collector:  Haines, Geoffrey
Maker:  Didius Julianus (193)
Denomination:  Denarius
Place made:  Mint of Rome
Culture:  Roman
Date made:  193
Metal:  Silver
Weight (g):  2.50

Description:  Obverse: Laureate head of Didius Julianus.
Reverse: Didius Julianus, togate holding a globe and scroll.

After the murder of Pertinax the Praetorian Guard auctioned the imperial throne. Didius Julianus promised to pay each guard 25,000 Sesterces and so won the throne. Despite being accepted by the Senate the people frequently showed their displeasure in public. Eventually the general Septimius Severus marched on Rome with his troops. The Praetorians could not be persuaded to fight for the emperor and the Senate revoked his imperial powers and ordered his execution. After a reign of just 66 days Didius Julianus was executed and Septimius Severus became emperor.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: IMPCAESDID IVLIANAVG (Imperator Caesar Didius Julianus Augustus)
Reverse: RECTOR ORBIS (Ruler of the World)

Bibliography:  Mattingly, H, and Sydenham, E. The Roman Imperial Coinage Vol IV, Part I Pertinax to Geta (London 1962) Coin 3.

2 Related People

Whitting, Philip David
Haines, Geoffrey Colton
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