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 Seventh we offer from this series is of a Goat
walking. These are designed to honour Jupiter, King of
the Gods, and god of the Sky, vows and victory. The
coins are 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. These are consistently
Caracalla. A.D. 198-217. Rome - A.D. 213-215. Æ Dupondius. Radiate, draped & cuir. bust R. / 'PROVIDENTIAE DEORVM' with 'S-C' either side of Providentia stg. L. holding a sceptre & a wand over a globe. Very Fine & Scarce.
Constantius II was the last surviving son of Constantine the
Great. Constantius was named after his grandfather, The
Tetrach who actually came to Britain and died at York. After
Constantine the Great died in A.D. 337 Constantius II had to
share the rule of the empire with his two brothers. But after a
few years of warfare Constantius II emerged as sole ruler of
the entire Roman Empire. Constantius II was involved in
many wars throughout his reign, putting down rebellions and
defending the empire against invaders. This is the theme of the coins we offer from the reign
of this interesting and successful ruler. They are bronze coins with the reverse design of two
Roman soldiers either side of one or two standards – the legend reads : ‘GLORIA
EXERCITVS’. Approximately this translates as ‘To the Glory of the Army’! On the obverse
is a profile portrait bust of Constantius II himself. He died in 361 A.D. on the way to fight
another rival, who became Julian II! We can offer these coins in Very Fine Condition
Allectus, AD 293-296 (Usurper in Britian) AE Antoninianus. Obverse: Radiate and cuirassed bust of Allectus facing to right. Reverse: PAX AVG, Pax standing left holding olive-branch and transverse sceptre, mint mark 'C' in exergue = Colchester, S-P in fields. [S.13829] Colchester AD 293-5. Very Fine for issue and scarce.
Aurelian, AD 270-275, AE Antoninianus. Obverse. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing to right. Reverse. PROVIDEN DEOR, Fides Militum standing right holding standard in each hand, facing Sol standing left raising right hand and holding globe in left. QXXT in Exergue. Ticinum Mint AD 274-5. Extremely Fine with traces of silvering. [S.11587]
Numerian. A.D. 283-284. Æ Antoninianus. Radiate bust facing right. Rev. Numerian in military attire standing left holding baton and transverse sceptre. KA Δ in exergue. [RIC V.II-361C / S.12252 var.] Good Extremely Fine with almost full original silvering. Scarce in this grade.