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Gold Solidus of Julian (361–63)

Date:
361–363
Geography:
Made in Constantinople
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 13/16 x 1/16 in. (2 x 0.1 cm)
Classification:
Coins
Credit Line:
Bequest of Joseph H. Durkee, 1898
Accession Number:
99.35.7409
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Julian "the Apostate" tried to revive paganism and reused earlier Roman images.

Coins connected an emperor to his subjects. He paid the army in coins, received taxes in coins, and was responsible for maintaining their weight and purity. These coins of early Byzantine emperors conveyed imperial ideals through inscriptions and images.
Joseph H. Durkee, Paris (until 1898)
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