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Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.
Virtus is the personification of valor and courage. Valor was, of course, essential for the success of a Roman emperor and Virtus was one of the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult. During his joint reign with his father, Gallienus proved his courage in battle; but his failure to liberate his father from Persian captivity was perceived as cowardice and a disgrace to the Emperor and Empire. It was not, however, actually fear that prevented a rescue. While others mourned Valerian's fate, Gallienus rejoiced in his new sovereignty.
RA39814. Billon antoninianus
, GŲbl MIR
1617e, RSC IV
1235a, RIC V-1
S667, SRCV III
10402 var. (obv. legend
), AHG 478 (this coin), Choice EF
, full circles strike, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight
4.060g, maximum diameter
22.7mm, die axis
, 266 - 267 A.D.; obverse
GALLIENVS P F AVG
and cuirassed bust
right; reverse VIRTVS AVG
(the valor of the Emperor), Virtus
standing left, helmeted and wearing military garb, resting right hand on shield
set on ground, spear with point up in left, star
left; from the Antioch Hoard of Gallienus
Catalog current as of Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
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