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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Crisis & Decline| > |Gallienus| > RA94206
Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.
|Gallienus|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.|, NEWVirtus 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.
RA94206. Silver antoninianus, Göbl MIR 38v, RIC V-1 J181, RSC IV 1288a, Hunter IV J11, SRCV III 10411, aVF/Fair, nice portrait, centered, toned white metal, porous/corrosion, edge split/crack, Rome mint, weight 2.479g, maximum diameter 21.6mm, die axis 0o, 253 - 255 A.D.; obverse IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS AVGG (valor of the two emperors), Virtus standing left, wearing crested helmet and military garb, right resting hand on grounded shield, spear vertical behind in left hand; $30.00











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