Macrianus was the son of one of Valerians generals during his campaigns against the Persians. After Valerian was captured, the general Macrianus and the Praetorian Prefect Ballista rallied the troops and inflicted several defeats upon the Persian armies of Shapur, who retreated across the Euphrates. Inspired by this victory, they decided to march against Emperor Gallienus, while leaving the brother of Macrianus Junior, Quietus, in charge of the Eastern provinces. A large army under command of the general Aureolus met them and they were soundly beaten, both the emperor and his father died in the battle.
SH65279. Silver antoninianus, RSC IV 11, RIC V 11, SRCV III 10807, VF, weight 2.899 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 180o, Antiochia (Antakiyah, Syria) mint, obverse IMP C FVL MACRIANVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassedbust right; reverseROMAE AETERNAE, Roma, helmeted, seated left on shield, Victory in extended right, spear in left; rare; $340.00 (€255.00)
In Roman mythology, Aequitas was the minor goddess of fair trade and honest merchants. Aequitas was also a personification of the virtues equity and fairness of the emperor (AequitasAugusti). She is depicted with a cornucopia and a balance suggesting AequitasAugusti is a source of prosperity.
SH27127. Billonantoninianus, RSC IV 1, RIC V 5, SRCV III 10798, aEF, weight 4.291 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch mint, obverse IMP C FVL MACRIANVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassedbust right; reverse AEQVTAS AVGG, Aequitas standing half left holding scales in right, cornucopia in left; flat strike areas and some corrosion; rare (R2); $280.00 (€210.00)
Jupiter or Jove, Zeus to the Greeks, was the king of the gods and the god of sky and thunder, and of laws and social order. As the patron deity of ancient Rome, he was the chief god of the Capitoline Triad, with his sister and wife Juno. The father of Mars, he is therefore the grandfather of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome.
SH57022. Silveredantoninianus, RSC IV 8, RIC V 6, SRCV III 10803, F, weight 3.441 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 45o, Antiochia (Antakiyah, Syria) mint, obverse IMP C FVL MACRIANVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassedbust right; reverseIOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter seated left, patera in extended right, scepter in left, eagle at feet; rare; $270.00 (€202.50)
The empire is history but Rome is still today, the Eternal City.
Rome's influence on Western Civilization can hardly be overestimated. In sum, Rome has perhaps had greater influence than any other city on earth, making important contributions to politics, literature, culture, the arts, architecture, music, religion, education, fashion, cinema and cuisine.
SH27148. Silveredantoninianus, RSC IV 11b, RIC V 11, SRCV III 10807, aVF, weight 3.081 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch mint, obverse IMP C FVL MACRIANVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassedbust right; reverseROMAE AETERNAE, Roma, helmeted, seated left on shield, Victory in extended right, spear in left, two pellets in exergue; rare; $250.00 (€187.50)