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Mediolanum (Milan), Italy

Dates of operation: c. 250 - c. 275 and 364 - 475 (also, Theoderic, the Gothic king of Italy minted coins at Mediolanum, 493 - 526). Mintmarks: MD, MDOB, MDPS, MED.


Gallic Empire, Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D., Struck by Aureolus

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This coin was struck in the name of Postumus by Aureolus (one of the so-called Thirty Tyrants) while Gallienus held him under siege in Milan. Ancient sources which refer to Aureolus are limited and contradictory. He may have made his own bid for the Purple after Gallienus was murdered and Postumus failed to take advantage of the turmoil in Italy. The new emperor Claudius soon brought his rebellion to an end. This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality keeping the army true to its allegiance.
RA84412. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki AGK 18c, Cunetio 2479, Mairat 209, Elmer 612, Hunter IV 143, SRCV III 10938, RIC V 376 var., RSC IV 60 var., VF, attractive portrait, nice surfaces, tight flan cutting off parts of legends, weight 4.354 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 268 A.D.; obverse IMP C POSTVMVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES EQVIT (to the loyalty of the cavalry), Fides seated left, patera in right hand, signum vertical behind in left hand, P in exergue; $220.00 (195.80)


Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D.

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At first, Honorius based his capital in Milan, but when the Visigoths under King Alaric I entered Italy in 401 he moved his capital to the coastal city of Ravenna, which was protected by a ring of marshes and strong fortifications. While the new capital was easier to defend, it was poorly situated to allow Roman forces to protect central Italy from the increasingly regular threat of barbarian incursions. The Emperor's residence remained in Ravenna until the overthrow of the last western Roman Emperor in 476. Recognizing its security, Ravenna was selected as the capital of the Ostrogothic Kingdom in Italy, and also became the seat of the Byzantine exarchs.
RS84411. Silver siliqua, RIC X Honorius 1228, Ulrich-Bansa Moneta 67, RSC V 59b, SRCV V 20968, gVF, well centered and struck on a tight flan cutting off tops of some legend letters and mintmark, attractive toning, small edge splits, light marks and scratches, weight 1.295 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, c. 397 - 402 A.D.; obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS ROMANORVM (courage of the Romans), Roma seated left on cuirass, draped, wearing crested helmet, Victory on globe offering wreath in her right hand, inverted spear in her left hand, MDPS in exergue; $200.00 (178.00)


Gallic Empire, Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D., Struck by Aureolus

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Struck by Aureolus in the name of Postumus during his hold of Milan against Gallienus. Gallienus died during the siege but the new emperor Claudius brought the rebellion to an end.
RA76393. Billon antoninianus, RSC IV 19b, RIC V 373, Elmer 613, Cunetio 2482 - 2493, Mairat 215 ff., Schulzki AGK 6b, Hunter IV - (p. xcv), aEF, attractive portrait, traces of silvering, tight flan, weight 4.209 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, 3rd emission, middle 268 A.D.; obverse IMP POSTVMVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORD EQVIT (harmony with the army), Concordia standing left, right foot on prow, pouring libations from patera in right hand, rudder on globe in left hand, S in exergue; from the Scott Collection; $155.00 (137.95)


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

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Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one snake bringing another snake healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.
RA71411. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 1354i, RIC V S512, Cohen V 932, SRCV III -, EF, no wear but small areas of light corrosion, well centered on tight flan, weight 3.373 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, 267 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SALVS AVG (the health of the Emperor), Salus standing right, feeding snake in right from patera in left, MS in exergue; $135.00 (120.15)


Gallic Empire, Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D., Struck by Aureolus

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This coin was struck in the name of Postumus by Aureolus (one of the so-called Thirty Tyrants) while Gallienus held him under siege in Milan. Ancient sources which refer to Aureolus are limited and contradictory. He may have made his own bid for the Purple after Gallienus was murdered and Postumus failed to take advantage of the turmoil in Italy. The new emperor Claudius soon brought his rebellion to an end. This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality keeping the army true to its allegiance.
RA76386. Billon antoninianus, RSC IV 59b, RIC V 377, SRCV III 10938, Hunter IV -, VF, well centered on a tight flan, green patina, slight porosity, small edge crack, weight 2.051 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 4th emission, mid 268 A.D.; obverse IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES EQVIT (to the loyalty of the cavalry), Fides seated left, patera in right hand, signum vertical behind in left; from the Scott Collection; $125.00 (111.25)


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

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RIC lists this type as common, but Gbl lists only a single specimen, and Coin archives lists only one from the first officina and none from the second.
RA71050. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 1212f (1 example), RIC V S494, Cohen V 686, Cunetio -, VF, uneven toning, light corrosion, weight 1.781 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, 266 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right; reverse ORIENS AVG (the rising sun of the Emperor), Sol standing half left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, whip in left, S in exergue; rare; $110.00 (97.90)


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

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Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars - redux means "coming back" or "returning." She may be one of the later aspects of Fortuna, as the earliest mention of her is on an altar dedicated by the Senate in 19 B.C. for the safe return of Emperor Augustus.
RA84443. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 1350f, RSC IV 281, Hunter IV S178, RIC V S483, SRCV III 10218, VF, weight 2.604 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 135o, 2nd officina, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, c. 266 A.D.; obverse IMP GALLIENVS AVG, radiate bust right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse FORT REDVX, Fortuna seated left, holding rudder on globe by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, MS in exergue; $100.00 (89.00)


Salonina, Augusta 254 - c. September 268 A.D.

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This type was struck during Salonina's lifetime, so the unusual reverse legend was not struck in memorial. There has been some fanciful speculation that "IN PACE," meaning "in peace," was a Christian phrase indicating the empress had converted to Christianity.
RS65817. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 1231a, RIC V S60, RSC IV 20, Hunter III 25, Cunetio 1535, SRCV III 10626, gF, toned white metal, green encrustations, weight 2.153 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, 266 - 267 A.D.; obverse SALONINA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair in ridges and in plait looped below ear up the back of head, crescent behind shoulders; reverse AVGVSTA IN PACE (Augusta in peace), Pax seated left on throne without back, olive branch downward in right, long transverse scepter in right; rare; $80.00 (71.20)


Trebonianus Gallus, June or July 251 - July or August 253 A.D.

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Juno was the patron deity of Trebonianus Gallus. The epithet Martialis literally means "of or belonging to Mars" or "warlike," but the depictions of Juno Martialis on the coins are not warlike. The epithet may refer to Juno as the mother of Mars. Or perhaps she is Juno of March - her festival was on 7 March. Perhaps the title refers to her temple in the Campus Martius, the old "Field of Mars" down by the Tiber. She is sometimes equated with Juno Perusina, as Perugia was where Trebonianus Gallus came from, and as such is sometimes called Juno Martialis Perusina by modern scholars.
RS74411. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 69, RSC IV 46, Hunter III 49, SRCV III 9631, gVF, nice portrait, well centered, reverse die worn, slightly porous, weight 3.764 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 0o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, 251 - 253 A.D.; obverse IMP C C VIB TREB GALLVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse IVNO MARTIALIS, Juno seated left, stalks of grain in right hand, long scepter in left hand; scarce; $80.00 (71.20)


Salonina, Augusta 254 - c. September 268 A.D.

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This type was struck during Salonina's lifetime, so the unusual reverse legend was not struck in memorial. There has been some fanciful speculation that "IN PACE," meaning "in peace," was a Christian phrase indicating the empress had converted to Christianity.
RB65809. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 1377e, RIC V S58, RSC IV 17, SRCV III 10626 var. (mint mark), Hunter IV S27 var. (obv. legend), aVF, slightly ragged flan, weight 3.539 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, 266 - 268 A.D.; obverse SALONINA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair in ridges and in plait looped below ear up the back of head, crescent behind shoulders; reverse AVG IN PACE, Salonina seated left, olive-branch downward in right hand, long transverse scepter in left hand, MS in exergue; $70.00 (62.30)




  



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