Gallienus AR Antoninianus

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Bing, May 31, 2013.

  1. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I own a bunch of coins of Gallienus, but this is my first "silver" coin. I'm not sure of the silver content, but it's definitely not a silver wash.

    Gallienus AR Antoninianus
    OBV: GALLIENVS dot P dot F dot AVG, radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear over shoulder and shield on left arm
    REV: VIRT GALLIENI AVG, Emperor walking right, holding transverse sceptre (point forwards) and round shield, treading down fallen enemy lying on ground before him
    Struck at Milan, 258-9 AD
    2.94g, 22mm
    RIC 54 left[j]
    Gallienus20 OBV.jpg Gallienus20 REV.jpg
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  3. Rudi Smits

    Rudi Smits Member

    Hm ... left portraits are always nice ! A friend of mine collects only left faced denarii, most of them are unpublished !
  4. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Great coin, Bing!!

    yah, sadly I only have one and it's an AE Zoo-panther ...
  5. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Heres my silver. I like teh portrait style of yours more.

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  6. RaceBannon

    RaceBannon Member

    Nice Gallienus Bing! Here's mine.

    Gallienus; 253-268 AD
    Bronze AR Antoninianus, Antioch, sole reign;
    OBV: GALLENIVS AVG; Radiate draped & cuirassed bust Right
    REV: PM TR P X III; Lion walking Left with bull’s head between paws
    (RIC 602A)

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  7. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Thanks. Too bad the coin is not in better shape like yours. Is your coin solid silver or silver wash?
  8. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    Great Coin!

    Bing, yours looks more like a trident than a spear...

    Sadly, this coin isn't better struck...
  9. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    RB: It's my understanding that by the time Gallienus had sole reign, his coins were very debased and only silver washed. That is why I went for this coin. It's not silver washed and the only one I own that's not.
  10. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    WC: it does look like a trident, but I don't think it is.
  11. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Mines solid silver. The toning and lighting I used make it look more billon, but its not grainy. I had one that was billon (it felt ver grainy) and one that was AE but traded them
  12. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Randy, that's a great portrait. I was looking at a similar lion on another coin, but it got too expensive for me.
  13. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Thanks! I got it for a nice price at the local shop
  14. Eyestrain

    Eyestrain Junior Member

    Colonia Agrippina (Cologne) continued to mint good-metal silver coins even after the content and standards of the Rome mint took a nose dive. I've lately become interested in the differing rates of declining quality at the various mints under Gallienus and the Gallic emperors. I like to grab nice examples of the last truly silver antoniniani minted by the empire when I can -- like the following. Note the punctuation between the abbreviations on the obverse legend. This quirk was typical of the Colonia Agrippina engravers of that era.
  15. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    You should have a different username with that beauty!

  16. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Very nice ET (I know it should read ES, but I couldn't resist)
  17. Eng

    Eng Senior Eng

    Jw good look'in coin, love those spiky crown's, very nice..:thumb::thumb:
  18. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    One of my favorite coins as well as firsts. I loved its die crack as well as one of the best full silvers of him. Rarely have I seen any just as good.

    Did I mention its 5.1g? Pretty heavy for him.

    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.
    RIC 143F (Rome) Sear 10237
  19. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    Those early antoniniani of Gallienus appear to have as much silver content as any good, earlier denarii. Great piece, Bing. And great pieces in the rest of the thread. :thumb:
  20. Ripley

    Ripley Senior Member

    Here is one minted in Milan -
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