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 eight rebellions from his own governors and generals!
He issued a fantastic group of bronze Antoninianus 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. This series is known as the 'Gallienus Zoo Coins' and make a great set to try to complete.
The last we offer from this series is of the Gazelle, identified as different to the antelope by the numbers ‘XI’ or ‘XII’ underneath and the straight horns. These are designed to honour Diana, the sister of Apollo and the goddess of the hunt. This is likely to bring luck to hunting and like her brother, for 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. This is the last to complete the set we have available!
Hadrian (A.D. 117-138) was one of the most able and conscientious of Roman
Emperors. He spent his reign visiting the vast majority of his provinces.
Consolidating and strengthening the Empire’s defences after the expansion by his predecessor,
Trajan. The most famous example of his work was Hadrian’s Wall! Which
spread from the River Tyne in the East, to the River Solway in the West: at 73 miles
(117.5 kilometres) it is the largest Roman monument anywhere in the world!
Own a Roman bronze coin of Hadrian called an ‘As’. These are well circulated, I.E
Very Good grade, and at a very reasonable price. The coins have his portrait visible
but please don’t expect a lot more at this price.