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IMP GALLIENVS AVG / DIANAE CONS AVG doe antoninianus (close to 267-268 A.D.) "Zoo" series
Obv.: IMP GALLIENVS AVG, radiate bare bust right, one ribbon behind, one forward across shoulder
Rev.: DIANAE CO[NS AVG], doe, walking right, looking backwards. ϵ in exergue.

19-20mm, 3.01g, die axis 2h, material: bronze/copper-based alloy supposedly with some silver.

Authority and portrait: Gallienus (joint reign 253-, sole reign 260-268). Mint: Rome.

AVG = Augustus; DIANAE CONS[ervatorix] AVG[usti]= to Diana the Protector of the Augustus.

"Zoo" coins: a significant fraction of Gallienus radiates was issued very near the end of his reign to honor nine Roman deities, asking for their protection. Their reverses depict various animals and thus are known as "zoo" coins. Doe (or stag) is the sacred animal of Diana. Epsilon designates officina 5, mostly minting Diana coins of this type.

RIC V-1 Rome 176; Sear 10199; RSC 154. This type has some variations: emperor's bust bare/draped/cuirassed, doe walking left or right and so on. The size in this case is consistently close to 19-20mm.

Note that as often with Rome mint some letters are made of separate lines and thus sometimes V = II, N = ΛI or III, M = IIII etc.
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