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Volusian, c. November 251 - July or August 253 A.D.

Gaius Vibius Afinius Gallus Vedumnianus Volusian was the son of Trebonianus Gallus and was given the rank of Caesar when his father became emperor. After emperor Hostilian was killed, he was raised to the rank of Augustus. He was assassinated along with his father in 253 A.D.


Click for a larger photo In 252 A.D. Shapur I conquered Armenia.
RS68689. Silver antoninianus, SRCV III 9776, RIC IV 206, RSC IV 133, gF, weight 3.769 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 251 -253 A.D.; obverse IMP C C VIB VOLVSIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS AVGG, Virtus standing half right, inverted spear behind in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield; $90.00 (67.50)

Click for a larger photo In 251, Trajan Decius was the first Roman Emperor to die in battle against a foreign enemy. Trebonianus Gallus was proclaimed emperor by the troops. Gallus accepted Hostilian, the young son of Decius, as co-emperor, but the boy died of plague. Hostilian was the first emperor in 40 years to die of natural causes.
RS65684. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 179, RSC IV 70, SRCV III 9758, VF, toned, weight 3.959 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 251 - 252 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; reverse PAX AVGG, Pax standing left, raising olive-branch in right hand, transverse scepter in left; $85.00 (63.75)

Click for a larger photo In 252 A.D. Shapur I conquered Armenia.
RS65686. Silver antoninianus, SRCV III 9776, RIC IV 206, RSC IV 133, aVF, weight 3.624 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 251 -253 A.D.; obverse IMP C C VIB VOLVSIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS AVGG, Virtus standing half right, inverted spear behind in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield; $85.00 (63.75)

Click for a larger photo 253 A.D. began the Roman Empire's Period of the Thirty Tyrants during which, again and again, legions on the borders proclaimed their general emperor. In 253, the legions on the Danube made Aemilian emperor. The Roman Senate declared Aemilian an "enemy of the State," but after Trebonianus Gallus and Volusian were defeated and killed by their own troops, the Senate designated him Pontifex Maximus.
RS48402. Silver antoninianus, SRCV III 9762, RIC IV Treb. Gallus 140, RSC IV 92, VF, weight 3.430 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 253 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P IIII COS II, Volusian standing left, branch in right hand, short transverse scepter in left; nicely centered; scarce; $80.00 (60.00)

Click for a larger photo In 251, Trajan Decius was the first Roman Emperor to die in battle against a foreign enemy. Trebonianus Gallus was proclaimed emperor by the troops. Gallus accepted Hostilian, the young son of Decius, as co-emperor, but the boy died of plague. Hostilian was the first emperor in 40 years to die of natural causes.
RS65683. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 179, RSC IV 70, SRCV III 9758, VF, encrustations on reverse, weight 2.716 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 251 - 252 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; reverse PAX AVGG, Pax standing left, branch in right hand, transverse scepter in left; $75.00 (56.25)


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Obverse legends:

CVIBIOVOLVSIANOCAES
IMCAFGALVENDVOLVSIANOAVG
IMCVAFGALVENDVOLVSIANAVG
IMCVAFGMVENDVOLVSIANOAVG
IMPCAECVIBVOLVSIANOAVG
IMPCAECVIBVOLVSIANVSAVG
IMPCCVIBVOLVSIANVSAVG
IMPCVAFGALVALVENDVOLVSIANVSAVG
IMPCVAFGALVENDVOLVSIANOAVG
IMPCVAFGALVENDVOLVSIANVSAVG
IMPCVAFGMVOLVSIANOAVG
IMPCVOLVSIANOAVG
IMPCVOLVSIANVSAVG



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