Gold Solidus of Julian (361–63)
Made in Constantinople
Overall: 13/16 x 1/16 in. (2 x 0.1 cm)
Bequest of Joseph H. Durkee, 1898
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.
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