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Home > Catalog > Roman Coins > Crisis and Decline > Saloninus > RS39711
Saloninus, Summer 260 A.D.
From the Antioch Hoard of Gallienus.

Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. In art Spes is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, while the left is raising a fold of her dress. She was also named "ultima dea" - for Hope is the last resort of men. On this coin, the Caesar, Saloninus, the designated successor of the emperor, is identified as the hope for the future of the Roman people.
RS39711. Billon antoninianus, AHG 318 (this coin), GŲbl MIR 1696d (Samosata), RIC V-1 36 (Antioch), RSC IV 95 (Antioch), SRCV III 10775 (uncertain Syrian), Hunter IV - (p. liii), VF, uncertain Syrian mint, weight 4.085g, maximum diameter 21.6mm, die axis 0o, as caesar, 258 - 259 A.D.; obverse SALON VALERIANVS NOB CAES, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SPES PVBLICA (the hope of the public), Saloninus (on left) and Spes (on right) standing confronted, Spes is raising skirt and presenting flower to prince, Saloninus holds scepter in left; SOLD

Click here to see the Malloy catalogue, including analysis of the hoard by Dr. David W. Sorenson and Camden W. Percival, and the coins offered by Mr. Malloy in 1992.

Click here to read "The Age of Gallienus" by Camden W. Percival.

Catalog current as of Sunday, July 22, 2018.
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