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    Unique Solidus Weight of Julian

    Julian II The Philosopher (AD 360-363). Æ exagium or rectangular solidus weight (15 X 21mm, 4.34 gm) Uniface. Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Julian right / Blank. Apparently unrecorded; see Bendall, "Byzantine Weights," no. 1 for a round exegium of Julian with a frontal portrait.

    Ex Empire Coins Auction #6 (14 November 1986), lot 483. 

    Official solidus weights, based on the standard solidus weight of 1/72nd of an imperial pound (approximately 4.5 grams), were created by an edict issued by the Emperor Julian in AD 363: "The buying and selling of solidi is impeded if anyone clips down or diminishes or, to use the word proper to such avarice, nibbles them away. It therefor pleases us to appoint a zygotstates [weigher] in each city..."  The term exagium derives from the Latin exigere "to drive out" - in this case, the underweight solidi. Exagium have been found of round, square and rectangular fabric. This extremely rare example bears a remarkably fine portrait of the emperor who introduced exagia as part of his reform program. 


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