Julian II

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  1. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    AD 369-363 Spes (Hope)
    Cyzicus Mint
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  3. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Good details on the rev... I think. Super blurry :(
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  4. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Bad day for me to be taking photos.
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  5. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    Looks like a nice OP coin! Taking photos under more light or daylight can reduce blur. Low light usually means a longer shutter speed and more likelihood for blurring. Also, you may need to give a bit more distance between the camera lens and the coin so the camera can focus better.

    Here’s a not great photo of my best Julian Spes coin.
    Julian II - Siscia - RIC VIII 402

    …and a Constantius II version for completeness:
    Constantius II - Cyzicus -
    RIC VIII 117
  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    OBVERSE: FL CL IVLIA-NVS PP AVG, rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
    REVERSE: VOTIS V MVLTIS X in four lines within wreath. Mintmark SLVG
    Struck at Lyons 360-363 A.D
    1.7g, 16mm
    RIC VIII Lyons 227 var (bust type); RSC 163b var (ditto); Sear 4071 var (ditto).
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    OBVERSE: D N FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, holding spear in right hand and shield in left hand
    REVERSE: VOT / X / MVLT / XX in four lines within wreath. Mintmark: CVZ Gamma
    Struck at Cyzicus 361-3 AD
    3.3g, 20mm
    RIC 130
  7. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    This is my only coin of Julian II, but it's a nice one :D.

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  8. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    I also have a Julian double majorina, yes a common coin but I find the patina quite pleasing. I also like the reverse with the APIS bull or Taurus. Probably Taurus...

    Excerpt from Ammianus Marcellinus, Liber XXV on Julian upon his deathbed

    Meanwhile, all who were present wept, whereupon even then maintaining his authority, he chided them, saying that it was unworthy to mourn for a prince who was called to union with heaven and the stars. As this made them all silent, he himself engaged with the philosophers Maximus and Priscus in an intricate discussion about the nobility of the soul. Suddenly the wound in his pierced side opened wide, the pressure of the blood checked his breath, and after a draught of cold water for which he had asked, in the gloom of midnight he passed quietly away in the thirty-second year of his age.

    According to Eusebius, his last words were "Thou hast conquered, Galilean." e.g. Christ.


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  9. Jims Coins

    Jims Coins Well-Known Member

    Bronze coin (AE 3) minted at Heraclea during the reign of Julian II, as Caesar, between 361 - 363 A.D. Obv. D.N.FL.CL.IVLI-ANVS.P.F.AVG. Helmeted, cuirassed, bust l., spear across right shoulder. Rev. VOT.X.MVLT.XX. in laurel-wreath. RCS #4074. RICVIII #105 pg.438. DVM #28. JUA-300 OBV.jpg JUA-300 REV.jpg
  10. Jims Coins

    Jims Coins Well-Known Member

    Bronze coin (AE 3) minted at SIS during the reign of Julian II, as Caesar between 355 - 360 A.D. Obv. D.N.IVLIANVS.NOB. C. Bareheaded, draped & cuirassed bust r. Rev. FEL.TEMP. REPARATIO. Soldier advancing l., spearing fallen horseman. RCS #4063. DVM #26
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  11. Clavdivs

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  12. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    @Collecting Nut, I agree that you probably took your photos from way too close, and/or your hand wasn't steady, and that's why they're so blurry. Next time, try it from a couple of feet away, and make sure that the coin is in focus when you look through the viewfinder, and that your hand or the camera is resting on something (even a stack of books or the back of a chair) to steady it when you take the photo. After you take the photo, as long as the coin appears to be in focus in it, it will probably still be in focus after you crop it.

    Here are my three Julian II's, with the fourth one, a siliqua from the Vale of Pewsey hoard sale held the other day, on its way.



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  13. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Sometimes my hands are not steady. My father had Parkinson’s Disease and at time I wonder if I’m in the very early stage of it. I hope not as I’m too young, at least to me.
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  14. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    I hope not too, but it seems to me that that makes it all the more important to rest either your hands or the camera itself on something when you're taking a photo.
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