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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Crisis and Decline| > |Gallienus| > RA89642
Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.
Gallienus was the first Roman emperor to commission primarily cavalry units, the Comitatenses, that could be dispatched anywhere in the Empire in short order. He also forbade senators from becoming military commanders. These policies undermined senatorial power, as equestrian commanders rose to prominence. These reforms and the decline in senatorial influence not only helped Aurelian to salvage the Empire, but they also make Gallienus one of the emperors most responsible for the creation of the Dominate, along with Septimius Severus, Diocletian, and Constantine I.
RA89642. Billon antoninianus, GŲbl MIR 1687m (Samosata), RIC V-1 456 (Antioch), Cohen V 1310, SRCV III 10414 var. (obv legend), VF, white metal, broad flan, minor porosity, a few small spots of encrustation, tiny edge crack, Syrian mint, weight 3.167g, maximum diameter 23.0mm, die axis 180o, 255 - 256 A.D.; obverse IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse VIRTVS AVGG (valor of the two emperors), Valerian (on left) and Gallienus standing confronted; Valerian holds scepter in right, globe in left; Gallienus offering Victory in right, transverse spear in left; ex Beast Coins, ex Dan Hoffman Gallienus Collection; $50.00

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