A couple of nicer-than-usual Gallienus coins

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  1. ValiantKnight

    ValiantKnight I AM the Senate! Supporter

    Managed to pick up this lot of two antoninianii of Gallienus for $25 shipped recently, a pretty good deal IMO. I had mainly just wanted the FELICI AVG due to how nice it looked with all that remaining silvering, and was considering selling the VIRTVS AVGG since eastern antoninianii aren't really my thing and to get back at least some of what I had paid for the pair. But that one has been growing on me, so I plan on keeping it as well. I have no idea how common/rare these types are.

    Gallienus, Roman Empire
    AE antoninianus
    Obv: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate, bust right
    Rev: FELICI AVG, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae
    Mint: Rome
    Date: 260-268 AD
    Ref: RIC 187


    Gallienus, Roman Empire
    Billon antoninianus
    Obv: IMP CP LIC GALLIENVS P F AVG, radiate, draped bust right
    Rev: VIR-TVS AV-GG, Valerian standing on right, holding globe and sceptre, facing Gallienus, standing on left, holding Victory and sceptre
    Mint: Antioch or Samosata
    Date: 253-260 AD (during joint rule with Valerian)
    Ref: RIC 187


    Feel free to post your Gallienus coins, or coins you originally didn't really want but ended up liking.
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  3. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    These 2 came in a lot, they can stay :)

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  4. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    One of my nicer Gallienus examples: Gallienus 21.jpg
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  5. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    I only have one but its quite nice and will stay with me...
    Gallienus, Antoninianus, Minted AD 258-259 (Joint reign)
    Obverse..GALLIENVS dot P dot F dot AVG Radiate, curaissed bust right
    Reverse..GERMANICVS MAX V trophy between two seated and bound German captives
    RIC VI#18 variant obv legend dots..Cologne

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  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Good 'Ol Gallienus

  7. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    I've been lucky enough to get a few very nice ones as gifts.

    CoinTalk Secret Saturnalia 2017:
    Gallienus - Zoo Panther CT 2017 SS 2324.jpg

    CoinTalk Secret Saturnalia 2016:
    Gallienus - Secret Santa 2016.jpg
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  8. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    kool...i have a coin that's been id as such..:) Gallenius ae coins 002.JPG Gallenius ae coins 004.JPG
  9. Johnnie Black

    Johnnie Black Neither Gentleman Nor Scholar Supporter

    I’ve been considering tackling the Gallienus zoo series. I picked up this one from the last Triskeles Auction.
    Gallienus. A.D. 253-268. BI antoninianus
    (19 mm, 2.86 g, 8 h). Rome, A.D. 267/8.
    IMP GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head of Gallienus right / DIANAE CONS AVG, doe standing right, head left; Є. RIC 176
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  10. Agricantus

    Agricantus Allium aflatunense

    @Bing LVNA LVCIFERA?! That is so awesome. I have a Diana, but now certainly need a Luna, too
  11. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Thanks. When I first saw it, I thought it was a personification of Hades. Silly me.
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  12. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    Gallienus RIC 652
    PAX FVNDATA = Peace Founded...
    (I have wondered what peace was founded in 265. It seems everything was falling apart about this time. Right?!)
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  13. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    While this one has some grime and a weak reverse... it shows that some really early joint reign Gallienus coins can have silver almost as nice as coins from the 240s.
    RIC 132
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  14. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Heck, these are nicer-than-usual! ;)

    Gallienus PAX flan chip.jpg

    Gallienus PAX off center.jpg
    Gallienus Fecunditas.jpg

    All kidding aside, here are a few favorites, each from a different mint, and each depicting the emperor in all his neck-bearded glory.

    Joint reign:

    Gallienus RESTITVT ORIENTIS Antoninianus.jpg
    Gallienus, AD 253-268.
    Roman Billon Antoninianus, 4.40 g, 23.5 mm.
    Samosata, AD 255-256.
    Obv: IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS AVG, radiate and draped bust, right.
    Rev: RESTITVT ORIENTIS, Tyche, left, presenting wreath to emperor, right, who holds spear in left.
    Refs: RIC 448; RSC 902; Cohen 902; RCV 10341; Hunter p. xlvii; Göbl 1677m.

    Gallienus VIRTVS AVGG Emperor stg r c spear and standard.jpg
    Gallienus, AD 253-268.
    Roman billon antoninianus, 3.61 g, 21.1 mm, 12 h.
    Cologne, AD 257-258.
    Obv: GALLIENVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust, right.
    Rev: VIRTVS AVGG, Gallienus in military attire standing right, holding spear and standard.
    Refs: RIC 58F; Göbl 8821; Cohen 1309; RCV 10413; Hunter 58; ERIC II 1030.

    Sole reign:

    Gallienus DIANA FELIX antoninianus.jpg
    Gallienus, AD 153-268.
    Roman billon antoninianus.
    Mediolanum, AD 264-265.
    Obv: GALLIENVS AVG, Narrow radiate head right, both ribbons behind.
    Rev: DIANA FELIX, Diana standing right, holding spear and bow; at foot, hound.
    Refs: RIC 473K; Göbl 1146m(2): Cohen/RSC 173; RCV 10197; Hunter pl. lxvi.

    Gallienus LIBERO P CONS AVG tiger antoninianus.jpg
    Gallienus, 253-268 AD.
    Roman Æ Antoninianus, 2.63 g, 20.8 mm, 5 h.
    Rome Mint, 10th emission, 267-268 AD.
    Obv: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right.
    Rev: LIBERO P CONS AVG, tiger walking left, B in exergue.
    Refs: RIC 230K; Göbl 713b; Cohen 586; RCV 10281; Cunetio 1341; Hunter 112
  15. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Lot of nice Gallienus coins on this post. Just yesterday I got a Gallienus from a lot via eBay. A SECVRIT PERPET (ha!) from Milan:

    Gallienus - Ant SECVRIT PERP Milan Jul 19 (0).jpg

    Gallienus Æ Antoninianus
    (c. 260-268 A.D.)
    Mediolanum (Milan) Mint

    GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right / SECVRIT PE[RP]ET, Securitas standing left, holding sceptre and leaning on column.
    RIC (S) 516, Milan; Göbl 0591a.
    (2.68 grams / 20 mm)
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  16. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    Great coins, keep em both.
    My first Roman coin was a Gallienvs / Stag. I like this hippocamp.
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  17. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Yes, great coins, I would keep them both too

    Not that I actively collect Galienus, but I keep a couple

    Gallienus, Antoninianus - Cologne mint, AD 257-258
    GALLIENVS PF AVG, Radiate and cuirassed bust of Gallienus, seen from front
    VIRTVS AVGG, Virtus, standing right, holding spear and standard
    3,93 gr
    Ref : RCV #10413, Cohen #1309, Göbl # 8821

    Gallienus, Antoninianus - Antioch mint, AD 265
    GALLIENVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right seen from front
    VENRI (sic) VICTRICI, Venus standing left, holding helmet shield and spear
    3,30 gr
    Ref : RCV #10370 var, Cohen #1021 var, Göbl #1653g

    Gallienus, Antoninianus - Antioch mint, AD 265-266
    GALLIENVS AVG radiate head left
    AETERNITAS AVG she wolf standing right, suckling twins Romulus and Remus. Branch at exergue
    3,9 gr, 20 mm
    Ref : RIC V-1 # 628, Göbl # 1628a

    And two belonging in the zoo series, followed by an overview of the different reverses I currently have

    Gallienus, Antoninianus - Rome mint, 4th officina, AD 267-268
    IMP GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right
    APOLLINI CONS AVG, Griffin left. Delta at exergue
    3.18 gr
    Ref : Cohen # 77, RCV # 10180v, Göbl # 718z, Cmr # 4aa4

    Gallienus, Antoninianus - Rome mint, 7th officina, AD 267-268
    GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right
    APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, drawing bow. Z at exergue
    2.41 gr
    Ref : Cohen # 72, RCV # 10177, Göbl # 735b, RIC # 163, Cmr # 2a7


  18. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    Here's a photo of an antoninianus that I got in a lot of uncleaned coins many years ago. I listed in an eBay auction with a $.99 opening bid. I knew it was an unusual obverse portrait, and I was hoping it would bring at least $15-$20. It ended up selling for over $200:
  19. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    That series with the palm in exergue regularly is found well struck on good flans with decent surfaces. It makes me wonder if there was a large hoard yeas ago (I have had mine quite a while so it is not recent). The Antioch mint really outperformed Rome but did not make the zoo coins we all seem to associate with Gallienus.
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