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    Julian II, as Augustus (AD 360-363). AV solidus (21mm, 4.50 gm, 6h). NGC MS 5/5 - 3/5. Antioch, 4th officina, AD 361-363. FL CL IVLIA-NVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Julian II right, with small, uncharacteristic features and short beard, seen from front / VIRTVS EXERCI-TVS ROMANORVM, Roman soldier in full military dress advancing right, without cloak, helmeted head downward left, trophy with short vertical shaft in left hand over shoulder, grasping with right hand the hair of a small captive kneeling right, hands bound behind back; ANTΔ in exergue. RIC VIII 196. Depeyrot 15/2. Well struck and centered on bright flan with light orange toning along the peripheries.

    Julian's "philosopher's beard" can be taken as a deliberate break with his clean-shaven, Christian predecessors and a throwback to stoic emperors of the Antonine age. It became the subject of much derision among the wags of Antioch and Julian, with mixed success, attempted to satirically rebut them with a pamphlet in Greek, Misopogon ("Beard Hater") that survives to this day.

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