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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Roman Coins| ▸ |Crisis & Decline| ▸ |Pupienus||View Options:  |  |  | 

Pupienus, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.

Pupienus was elected along with Balbinus to end the reign of the brutal thug Maximinus. A military stalemate ensued, until Maximinus was murdered by his own troops. The joint emperors continuously quarreled. The general population and more importantly the Praetorian guard held little respect for the two ex-senators. Perhaps they would have been successful if they had worked together. Divided they were murdered after a reign of only 99 days.

|Pupienus|, |Pupienus,| |22| |April| |-| |29| |July| |238| |A.D.||denarius|
RIC does not include this type; Cohen 43 was left out as doubtful. Curtis Clay informed us that Cohen 43 quotes Mionnet, who is probably relying on Vaillant. Vaillant in his 1682 ed. cites Dux Sabaudiae, the Royal coll. at Turin. The BMC specimen is a St. Urbain forgery, Pink, Num. Chron. 1933, pl. XX,.5
SH15421. Silver denarius, RSC III 43, Hunter III 6, SRCV III 8529, RIC IV-1 - (p. 176 note), BMCRE VI - (15* pl. 44, modern forgery), Choice EF, weight 2.906 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 238 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse VOTIS / DECENNA / LIBVS in wreath, near full centering, traces of luster; extremely rare; SOLD







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REFERENCES

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Mattingly, H. & R. Carson. Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum, Vol. 6: Severus Alexander to Pupienus. (London, 1963).
Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. III. Pertinax to Aemilian. (Oxford, 1977).
Seaby, H. & D. Sear. Roman Silver Coins, Volume III, Pertinax to Balbinus and Pupienus. (London, 1982).
Sear, D. Roman Coins and Their Values III, The Accession of Maximinus I to the Death of Carinus AD 235 - AD 285. (London, 2005).
Vagi, D. Coinage and History of the Roman Empire. (Sidney, 1999).

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