What happened to Aurelian's neck?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by hotwheelsearl, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    My research seems to indicate that along with strengthening the antoninianus, Aurelian also had a massive shift in portraiture style that coincided with the reform.

    These two coins from @tenbobbit show it best:
    Pre Reform Aurelian.JPG
    The pre-reform coin features a bust that looks rather similar to Claudius II and Quintillus, what with the strong jaw and cheekbones.

    And then all of a sudden, all future Aurelian coins feature an insane giraffe-neck that looks so strange in context.

    The neck gets even longer, as shown by this one I found on Wildwinds.

    Why would Aurelian be game with this insane game of neck-stretching? I can't imagine any emperor looking at the giraffe-necked prototype and saying "you know, I think that giraffe is my spirit animal and captures my likeness very well."

    Here is historical footage of Long Neck Aurelian with his buddy, Wide Neck Licinius
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  3. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    That first coin looks a lot like Quintillus because it is Quintillus. :D The first part of the legend contains "AVR" - IMP C M AVR CL QVINTILLVS AVG.

    Your point still holds, though, about the shift in portraiture. Here's an early Rome portrait of Aurelian looking a lot like Claudius II with maybe a hint of Quintillus:
    Screen Shot 2020-08-02 at 7.41.28 PM.jpg

    And here's a Siscia, along with a near copy of the portrait on a slightly earlier Claudius II:
    Screen Shot 2020-08-02 at 7.43.54 PM.jpg
    Screen Shot 2020-08-02 at 7.44.21 PM.jpg

    Post-reform with a long neck:
    Screen Shot 2020-08-02 at 7.47.17 PM.jpg
  4. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Wow, that's my biggest oops I've had yet on this site. I'm embarrassed.... ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, It's a Quintillus! Yay!

    Lovely Daddy Long Neck coin you've got there!
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