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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Crisis and Decline| > |Gallienus| > RA39814
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 0o, 266 - 267 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS P F AVG, radiate 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 ; SOLD

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