A Trebonianus Gallus Tetradrachm from Antioch

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  1. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    This coin is yet another of my AMCC 2 wins. I love the size and heft of these tetradrachms and the eagle on this example is really nice as well. As with many of my wins from AMCC this one is extra special for its fantastic provenance. This coin came from CT's own @tenbobbit who was kind enough to answer some questions about it for me (thanks man!).

    Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch
    Trebonianus Gallus
    AR tetradrachm, struck ca. 251-253, 1st officina
    Obv.: Laureate draped and cuirassed bust right
    Rev.: Eagle standing facing, head and tail right, with wings spread, holding wreath in beak; A between legs. SC in exergue
    Ref.: McAlee 1173a; Prieur 657
    Ex Tenbobbit Collection; Purchased privately from the collection of an English gentleman in 2005; Ex AMCC 2, Lot 434 (Nov. 9, 2019)

    Since I was not all that familiar with Trebonianus Gallus I went back through my photos from the museums I have been to in order to see if I could find a portrait of his to compare the coin to. It seems I don't have any photos of T. Gallus so I had to look around the internet a bit until I found this statue housed at the MET...


    ... and I must say that I think this is one of the most awkward bronze statues I have ever seen! It looks like he's had that shrink dust from the old Beetlejuice movie sprinkled on his head. :eek:o_O

    Regardless, I still love the coin whether or not it represents T. Gallus's apparently tiny little head with any amount of accuracy. :D

    Please post your;
    • Trebonianus Gallus coins
    • Tetradrachms of Antioch
    • Tiny little heads
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2019
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  3. ancientone

    ancientone Well-Known Member

    That's no small head on your coin! This is my only Trebonianus.

    tgneapolis.jpg Samaria, Neapolis. Trebonianus Gallus AE27
  4. Svarog

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  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Trebonianus Gallus 1.jpg
    AR Antoninianus
    OBVERSE:IMP C C VIB TREB GALLVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust, right
    REVERSE: LIBERTAS PVBLICA, Libertas standing left, holding pileus and transverse scepter
    Struck at Uncertain mint (Milan?), AD 252
    3.5g, 21mm
    RIC 70; Cohen 68; RCV 9636; Hunter 50
  6. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    That's a solid new T Bone tet score @Curtisimo !

    I only have this low end ant, it is better looking than my pic makes it appear....but not much.


    Trebonianus Gallus, Antoninianus, 251-253 A.D.

    O: IMP C C VIB TREB GALLVS AVG, R: IVNO MARTIALIS, Juno seated left, stalks of grain in right hand, long scepter in left, RIC IV 46 , Mediolanum mint, 22 mm, 3.3 g
  7. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    Curtis, Congratulations on your score ;). If the coin had been in better condition we may have had a bidding war :D. Considering his short reign Tets of Trebonianus Gallus aren't common as other late Tets from Antioch. I'm still waiting for the right one to come along, & that may be a long time :(. The coin pictured below was struck in the name of his son Volusian, that I sold with regrets a few years ago :(. The coin was listed as Ex. Rare by McAlee, 1187(f), with only 1 example cited by Prieur, #703.

    AK-5.jpg AK-5 eng..jpg AK-5 rev. eng..jpg
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  8. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    For some stupid reason I parted a few years ago with my TG Antioch tet. Here's what is left in my trays now

    Trebonianus Gallus, Antoninianus - Rome mint, AD 251-252
    IMP CAE C VIB TREB GALLVS AVG, Radiate and draped bust of Trebonianus right
    FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, holding cornucopia and caduceus. Star in field
    2.57 gr
    Ref : Cohen #37, RCV #9629

    Trebonianus Gallus, AE 8 Assaria - SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch.
    AYTOK K G OYIB TPEB GALLOC CEB, Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right /
    ANTIOXEWN MHTPO KOLWN, Tyche seated facing within tetrastyle temple; below, river god Orontes swimming left; above temple, ram advancing right, head left; Delta and Epsilon across field. SC at exergue
    21.08 g, (30mm, 6h)
    Ref : Sear # 4350, McAlee 1181; SNG Copenhagen 292 (same rev. die).

  9. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Nice coins!....I only have one of his 'cartoonish' portraits from the Antioch mint... 1-treb_tog-removebg-preview.png
    Trebonianus Gallus, AR Antoninianus, Antioch, 251-253 AD, 21.6mm; 3.55 gr.
    Obverse- IMP C C VIB TREB GALLVS PF AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
    Reverse- VICTORIA AVG, Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm.
    RIC IV-3, 93;
  10. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    Q, Those are two fine coins :D. Felicitas is unusually fine for a late antoninianus, & the bronze coin is a real stunner :jawdrop: with a handsome patina. The celator did a great job capturing the famous bronze statue of Tyche in the temple ;).
  11. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Lovely coin, @Curtisimo ! It's always special to have a coin formerly owned by one of our community, too.

    The only Antiochene tet I have is this one of Otacilia Severa:

    Otacilia Severa, 244-249.
    Roman provincial AR tetradrachm, 12.23 g, 25.1 mm.
    Syria, Seleucis & Pieria, Antioch ad Orontem, AD 245.
    Obv: ΜΑΡ ΟΤΑΚΙΛ CΕΟΥΗΡΑ CΕΒ, diademed and draped bust, right.
    Rev: ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞΟΥCΙΑC ΥΠΑΤΟ Α, eagle on palm, left, tail right, SC in exergue.
    Refs: McAlee 1088; Prieur 341; BMC 541.

    But I've got a bunch of antoniniani of Trebonianus Gallus minted in the city. Here is my favorite of them all, though. I like the reverse type, which is not found on his coins issued by the Rome or "Milan" mints:

    Trebonianus Gallus ADVENTVS AVG Antioch antoninianus.jpg
    Trebonianus Gallus, AD 251-253.
    Roman AR antoninianus, 3.82 g, 19.7 mm, 11 h.
    Antioch, second series, AD 251-252.
    Obv: IMP C C VIB TREB GALLVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
    Rev: ADVENTVS AVG, Emperor on horseback, left, raising right hand and holding scepter.
    Refs: RIC 79; Cohen 2; RCV 9622; Hunter 56; ERIC II 44.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2019
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  12. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    very kool Curtisimo :)..i have ein like Q has of ole T-bone(tho a bit more worn, with a blemish or 2)... Trebonus Gallus  Romans  Christmas 2018 002.JPG Trebonus Gallus  Romans  Christmas 2018 004.JPG
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  13. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    Nice new Boni Tet, Curtis! My contribution is also like Q's and Ominous... a big, chunky bronze.

    Trebonianus Gallus, Ruled 251-253 AD
    AE31, Syria, Antioch

    Obverse: AVTOK K Γ OYIB TPEB ΓAΛΛOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
    Reverse: ANTIOXEΩN MHTPO KOΛΩN, Δ E above and S C below Tyche seated facing within tetrastyle temple; below, river god Orontes swimming left; above temple, ram jumping right, head left.
    References: McAlee 1181, Butcher 507, SNG Cop 292
    Size: 31mm, 17.84g
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  14. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Nice T Gallus!

    Beautiful coin Svarog.

    Nice ant Bing!
  15. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    LOL on that beady-brain statue, @Curtisimo !

    Here is an Antioch Tet of his SON.

    RI Volusianus 251-253 CE AR Tet Antioch mint Eagle - son of Treb Gallus
    Prieur 694
  16. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    beetlejuice pic.jpg
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