Gallienus (August AD 253 - March AD 268)

Gallienus was the son of Valerian I and was named Caesar at his father's accession to the throne in AD 253. Upon his father's capture by the Parthians he assumed the rank of sole Augustus and began numerous reforms and military campaigns to defend the empire, as much from usurpers as from barbarians. At the same time he presided over perhaps the last flowering of classical Roman culture, patronizing poets, artists and philosophers. Gallienus was assassinated while besieging Milan in March, AD 268.

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Gallienus 'Liberalitas' Antoninianus 023822

Excessively Rare, Possibly Unpublished Gallienus 'Liberalitas' Antoninianus
Bronze, 2.05 grams, 19.75 mm. Rome. AD 260-266. Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right. Reverse: LIBERALT AVG (sic), Liberalitas standing left, holding tessera and cornucopiae. RIC V-1, Rome 228 Sole Reign var (unpublished reverse legend); Sear 10276 var (ditto and bust type). Very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£35.00

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Gallienus 'Liberalitas' Antoninianus 023822
Gallienus 'Liberalitas' Antoninianus 019441

Gallienus 'Liberalitas' Antoninianus
Silver, 3.31 grams, 19.26 mm. Rome. 263 AD. Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right. Reverse: LIBERAL AVG, Liberalitas standing left, holding tessera and cornucopiae, officina letter S in left field. RIC V-1 (Sole Reign), Rome 227; Sear 10276. Very fine.
£25.00

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Gallienus 'Liberalitas' Antoninianus 019441
Gallienus 'Victory Over Germania' Antoninianus 020684

Rare Gallienus 'Victory Over Germania' Antoninianus
Silver, 2.71 grams, 21.41 mm. Lyons. 258-259 AD. Obverse: GALLIENVS dot P dot F dot AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: VICT GERMANICA, Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm branch. Cunetio hoard 726, Elmer 84, Rogiet hoard 12; Stevenage hoard 511, Morgat-en-Crozon hoard 176; RIC 42 var (Victory left and dots in legend); Sear 10377-10379 var. Extremely fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£75.00

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Gallienus 'Victory Over Germania' Antoninianus 020684
Gallienus 'Victory and Captive' Antoninianus 017895

Gallienus 'Victory and Captive' Antoninianus
Silver, 2.94 grams, 22.67 mm. Lyons. 258-259 AD (Joint Reign). Obverse: GALLIENVS PF AVG, radiate, cuirassed bust right. Reverse: VICT GERMANICA, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and trophy, placing foot on captive seated left. RIC V-I, Lyons 44; Goebl 893h; Sear 10378. Extremely fine/fine.

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Gallienus 'Victory and Captive' Antoninianus 017895
Gallienus 'Mars in Temple' Antoninianus G4

Rare Gallienus 'Mars in Temple' Antoninianus
Silver, 5.29 grams; 22.10 mm. Obverse: GALLIENVS P F AVG, Radiate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: DEO MARTI, Mars standing left in tetrastyle temple, resting on spear and shield. Elmer 80, Cunetio hoard 0713, Stevenage hoard 507, Fineshade hoard 203. Very fine condition.

A leading coin expert writes: "This is recorded in Göbl as Göbl 889h (Joint reign)...However, in view of the distance between the S of GALLIENVS and the letters AVG (longer than is required simply for PF), I am wondering whether this coin actually has the dots in the obv. legend thus: GALLIENVS·P·F·AVG. That would account for the long gap between the name and his title. In this case it would be Elmer 80, Cunetio hoard 0713, Stevenage hoard 507, Fineshade hoard 203."
£85.00

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Gallienus 'Mars in Temple' Antoninianus G4


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