Gallienus Centaur Coin
Gallienus ruled as sole emperor from A.D. 260-268 during one
of the most difficult times in the history of the empire. Not
only was the empire facing natural disasters and invasions on all
sides but he had to face at least 8 rebellions from his own governors and generals!
He issued a fantastic group of bronze Antoniniani coins to honour the Gods, asking for their protection
against these troubles. Though made in Europe, these coins were used in Britain and are a large
part of the Mildenhall Hoard in the British Museum. Depicted on these coins are a variety of animals,
some real and some mythical, each linked to one of the Roman deities.
The first we offer from this series is of the Centaur, either holding a rudder and globe or hunting
with a bow. These are designed to honour Apollo, likely in response to plagues and disease. The coins
are at least Very Fine but because of the chaos at the time remember they may be a little weakly struck.
As always the first to order will get the best. At this price they will sell fast.