Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of emperor Macrinus (Marcus Opellius Severus Macrinus Augustus) in honor of his son Marcus Opellius Antoninus Diadumenianus as Caesar in Rome, 217-218 C.E. The bare head of Diadumenian faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Diadumenian faces right and holds a standard in his right hand and a scepter in his left with two standards to his right with the inscriptions "PRINC IVVENTVTIS" surrounding image.
Date range: 217-218 C.E.
Remarks: The son of Macrinus, the praetorian guard who was partially responsible for Caracalla's assassination, was born in 208 C.E. and was given the rank of Caesar at the same time as his father was saluted Augustus. In the following year he was raised to the rank of Augustus, but after his father's defeat he fled toward Parthia, only to be overtaken and executed. Macrinus' coins were minted in Rome and possibly in Antioch.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #7449, pg 594.
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|