Maps of the issuing mints for Diadumenian



The first four links below are to maps that show the distribution of the mints (in gold) which issued coins bearing Diadumenian's portrait - outside that of Rome. Just about every mint that issued for Diadumenian also issued for his father Macrinus and, indeed, some issued for Macrinus and did not, apparently, issue for Diadumenian - these are displayed in blue - though this status is subject to revision as new coins come to light all the time. For example Cius in Bithynia has issued coins for Caracalla, Geta, Julia Domna, Macrinus, Elagabalus, Severus Alexander, Julia Maesa, Julia Paula, Julia Soaemias and Gordian III, yet no coins of Diadumenian are known, and it may be that the issue was small and no coins have yet been discovered or have otherwise been made known to the compilers of the various coin lists. These mints are interesting in that it seems strange that when they 'went the distance' and issued for Macrinus, why not for Diadumenian? - when it would have been politic to do so.

The distribution of minting cities is of some interest in that it shows quite quickly which mints likely had a bust, or drawing for the engravors to work from. However, the actual distribution of these mints is NOT important in aggregate. That is to say the mints that produced the coins were not necessarily controlled by those civic authorities strongly in favour of Macrinus' rule, while those that did not issue for Diadumenian were unsympathetic of his fathers rule. There are so many local factors determining the need for the issue of a civic coinage (e.g. a shortage or glut of local circulating currency) that contentment with the rule of the Emperor would not necessarily determine an issue or lack thereof. Unsurprisingly, the large mints that issued coins steadily throughout the general Severan period generally continued to do so during the Macrinus / Diadumenian interlude simply because for the need of currency.

The current 'click-through' map takes the browser to the page containing the coins from that city. I hope to introduce an intermediate page with further details from that city as time goes by.

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Macedonia, Thrace, Moseia and surrounding
Asia, Bithynia-Pontus-Paphlagonia, Pamphylia and surrounding
Cilicia, Cappadocia and surrounding
Syria, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia and surrounding


The following lints are to maps that show which mints apparently just stopped production during the Macrinus/Diadumenian interlude. There can be no generic or decernible reason for this hiatus and undoubtedly each mint had its own reasons for doing so - however the pause in production is notable. In establishing these mints I have searched for coins issued by Caracalla and Elagabalus as issuing rulers, however it is possible I may have missed other mints or an issue by Macrinus/Diadumenian somewhere so this should not be read as a definitive list. That said I think this is the first time such a list has been attempted.

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Macedonia, Thrace, Moseia and surrounding
Asia, Bithynia-Pontus-Paphlagonia, Pamphylia and surrounding
Cilicia, Cappadocia and surrounding
Syria, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia and surrounding

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