Ancient - Gallienus Antoninianus

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  1. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    Gallienus
    Billon Antoninianus
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    255 - 256 A.D
    Samosata or Antioch Mint
    IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS P F AVG
    Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind
    VIRTVS AVGG
    Emperors standing confronted; Valerian on left, scepter in right, globe in left; Gallienus on right, offering Victory, transverse spear in left; pellet in wreath above
    21.7mm
    3.118g
    Die axis 0*
    Göbl MIR 1703m (Samosata), RIC V 456 (Antioch)

    VF, flan cracks

    RIC assigns this issue to Antioch but MIR gives the issue to a second Eastern mint located at Samosata. Samosata was an ancient city on the west bank of the Euphrates whose ruins existed at the modern city of Samsat, Adiyaman Province, Turkey until the site was flooded by the newly-constructed Atatürk Dam.

    I can find only 7 rulers or usurpers who issued coins from Samosata, most of which are of a small number of uncommon types.


    From ERIC
     
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Nice coin. I dont see Samosata often myself.

    My only example of him.

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    Gallienus (253 - 268 A.D.)
    AR Antoninianus
    O: IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate and cuirassed bust right.
    R: IOVI CONSERVA, Jupiter standing left, head turned right, holding scepter in right and thunderbolt in left.
    5.1g
    24mm
    RIC 143F (Rome) Sear 10237
     
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  4. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

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    Map that shows where Samosata is (Kommagene)
     
  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    That's a nice coin WC. I own only one coin from Samosata and it happens to be a SALONINUS Antoninianus
    OBV: SALON VALERIANVS NOB CAES Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
    REV: SPES PVBLICA, Prince, holding spear and Spes, holding flower standing face to face; wreath above
    Struck at Samosata, 259-60 AD
    2.81g, 22mm
    RIC V 36 var.
    Saloninus2_opt.jpg
     
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  6. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Nice addition.
     
  7. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    Hey WC, super coin, and the possibility that it was minted in Samosata is definitely unusual. I've got to say it's one of the nicest coins of Gallienus I've seen - so unlike the scrappy bits of slag that came later. Very nice find!
     
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