|AV aureus. NGC Choice AU ★ 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style. Rome, AD 218. $ 288k||Roman emperor Macrinus reigned for about a year, from 217 to 218, before falling victim to assassination, a fate that befell many of his peers. |
One of three known gold aureus coins of the type for Macrinus was a highlight of a recent Heritage auction. At the same sale a Diadumenian aureus made $ 336k
|Diadumenian, as Caesar (AD 217-218). AV aureus. NGC Choice AU ★ 5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style. Rome, AD 218. $ 336k|
|After Caracalla’s murder, Macrinus proclaimed himself emperor without awaiting confirmation from the Senate in Rome. This and reigning in soldiers’ pay made him very unpopular. The veteran soldiers revolted. |
Marcus Opellius Diadumenian, ten-year-old son of emperor Macrinus (AD 217-218), was granted the rank of Caesar soon after his father had succeeded the murdered Caracalla. Coinage in his name was struck in all denominations, though his gold is extremely rare.