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   SAECVLARES AVG.-- A stag standing,
beneath it a palm branch. This appears on a
silver coin of Gallienus in the Vienna Museum.
On others it is engraved SAECVLARHS.
   As, not very long before the reign of Gallienus,
the secular games were performed, viz., under
Philip and his son, it has been supposed by
some that the above reverse was rashly counter-
feited by Gallienus from the mint of those two
predecessors of his.-- But, says Eckhel, they
certainly are mistaken ; for on the coins of the
Philips AVGG. is always read, and at the bottom
of them, instead of the palm-branch, there is
invariably a numeral mark ; nor on any medals
of the last-named princes do we ever find that
barbarous SAECVLARHS which is common on the
coins of Gallienus. It must be acknowledged,
therefore, on numismatic testimony, that among
other proofs of madness by which Gallienus
signalised his reign, was his having at an
irregular period ordered the secular games-- an
instance by no means without precedent-- the
time for these particular celebrations having been
anticipated by Claudius also.-- We learn from
Trebellius, that on receiving intelligence of
Macrinus's death, Gallienus began to indulge in
pleasures, and to give to the public sports of
every description, amongst which it is probable
were also the ludi saeculares.-- But, respecting
the apparently improper times in which these
games were suffered to take place, our illustrious
numismatist has more copiously discussed the
question in his annotation on a third brass of
Maximianus Hercules (in the Imperial Cabinet
at Vienna), bearing on its reverse the following inscription :--SAECVLARES AVGG.  A cippus ; below
it IAXX.--  This remarkable coin, however, from
which all suspicion of fraud is to the remotest
degree removed, openly attests the celebration
of those games, which were secular, as is
manifestly shewn, not only by the epigraph
(SAECVLARIS AVGG.) but also by the type (a
cippus), which is also the symbol of the Ludi
on the coins of the Philips.
   Eckhel in an elaborate dissertation observes
that this is not the only coin bearing witness
to the fact of secular games performed at an
irregular period of time, yet on which historians
are silent. He then refers to the two silver
coins of Gallienus which have just been noticed,
as the subject of his own elucidations ; and remarks that Banduri is one of those who, aware
of the existence of both the above medals,
charges Gallienus with having recklessly applied
to his own coin a reverse which belongs to the
Philips.-- Doct. Num. Vet. vol. viii. pp. 20
et seq.

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