new additions - a rare sestertius of Gallienus

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by singig, Oct 24, 2020.

  1. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    I have been looking for a year to buy a decent(grade and price) sestertius of Gallienus , but I wasn't very lucky.... till last month when I managed to find not one but even two.

    One of the sestertii is a common type VIRTVS AVGG , but in exchange the other SALVS AVGG is extremely rare, I was able to find only one example on internet, sold by CNG in 2019 , and there should be a second one at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien(the only one specimen noted by MIR Göbl). I already checked all the Gallienus coins from their ''digital museum'' but I can't find it. The type is not listed in RIC or no longer available online :( )

    This is the one sold by CNG , I used their description to label my coin :

    Does someone has access to a copy of Moneta Imperii Romani 36,43,44 Robert Göbl ? if possible , can you please check if the Gallienus type 29bb has a specimen with photo attached ?

    Please post your Gallienus sestertii !

    Gallienus AE Sestertius. Rome Mint, Rome mint.
    RIC -- , MIR 36, 29bb
    IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS AVG, laureate, draped bust right /
    SALVS AVGG, Salus standing left, holding sceptre in left hand and feeding from patera a snake rising from an altar; S C across field.
    27 mm / 12.5 g
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    Gallienus AE Sestertius. Rome Mint, joint reign with Valerian I.
    RIC 248. Cohen 1295. Sear5 10495.
    IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS AVG, laureate, cuirassed bust right /
    VIRTVS AVGG S-C, Soldier standing left, holding spear and resting left hand on shield.
    27 mm / 12.6 g
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  3. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    Great coins! By the way, that's not a soldier on the reverse of the second coin -- I know that RIC made that mistake a lot. It's Virtus herself, in the pose that typifies her, with, as usual, her right breast bare.
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  4. ominus1

    ominus1 Supporter! Supporter!...two of a not very common coin..kool!n:)
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  5. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    Thanks ! I will modify my label.
    I just observed that is a mix of ''soldier'' and ''Virtus'' between all Virtus types of Gallienus.
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  6. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    Congratulations on your new acquisition. Your patience has been profitable. ! Here is another Gobl # 29bb found in 2015, 28mm 17g.

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  7. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    Nice Sestertii! I wonder if yours and the Specimen in Vienna are die matches. They are very helpful at the KHM and should send you pictures of their coin if you drop them a line.

    Here is my Sestertius of Gallienus:

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    IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS AVG - Laureate and cuirassed bust of Gallienus right
    VICTORIA AVGG S C - Victory standing left, holding wreath in uplifted right hand and palm-branch at her side in left
    Sestertius, Rome 253 AD (first emission of Valerian and Gallienus)
    30,14 mm / 21,2 g
    RIC 243; Cohen 1140; Göbl (MIR 36) pl. 84, 30dd; Sear (RCTV III) 10490
  8. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    Thanks ! , I just looked at the three specimens we found till now(with the one found by @Ocatarinetabellatchitchix ) , they don't share the same reverse die . I compared also with six others from Valerian I, they have different reverse dies.
    Three specimens of Valerian I are struck from the same pair of dies,
    coins are from

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  9. curtislclay

    curtislclay Well-Known Member

    Yes, Göbl illustrates the Vienna spec. of his 29dd, on plate 5. Looks like a different obv. die than yours, rev. corroded so hard to tell.
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  10. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    Thanks again !
  11. Ricardo123

    Ricardo123 Well-Known Member

    Very nice. Is he last emperor with Sestercio ?
  12. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    Are you asking about the last sestertii(photos above) , if yes , is Valerian I father of Gallienus.
  13. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    Very nice getting those 2 Gallienus sestertii, @singig!! These late ones are fun to have considering their historical interest!

    Gallienus with Liberalitas

    Valerian with Felicitas

    Salonina with Venus
  14. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    Nice family !
    I suppose that Salonina is the hardest to find , last week @Julius Germanicus showed us another one.
  15. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    The production of full-size Sestertii ended in 263 AD at Rome with Gallienus (sole reign) and Salonina and in Gaul with Postumus.

    Here it is again, one of the last Sestertii of Salonina (struck in 262 with a Medallion obverse die - they probably had no more Sestertius dies left by then):
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