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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Crisis and Decline| > |Gallienus| > RA91610
Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.
Like many of the dedications on Gallienus' coins, this coin's dedication to the fidelity of the army was a false hope. During the siege of Milan, at a late hour but while he was still lingering with pleasures of the table, a false alarm was given, that Aureolus, at the head of all his forces, had made a desperate sally from the town. Gallienus, who was never deficient in personal bravery, started from his silken couch, and without allowing himself time either to put on his armor, or to assemble his guards, he mounted on horseback, and rode full speed towards the supposed place of the attack. Ambushed by enemies from among his own force, amidst the nocturnal tumult, he received a mortal wound from an uncertain hand.
RA91610. Billon antoninianus, GŲbl MIR 600a, RIC V-1 S192a, RSC IV 246, Hunter IV S57, SRCV III -, VF, traces of silvering, centered on a tight flan, 9th officina, Rome mint, weight 3.258g, maximum diameter 19.9mm, die axis 180o, 265 - 267 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right; reverse FIDES MILITVM (the loyalty of the soldiers, M appearing as IIII), Fides standing slightly left, head left, standard in left, scepter in right, N (appearing as III) right; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $50.00

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