T-Bone Tuesday -- Victory Advancing Right of Antioch Edition

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  1. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    This is a new purchase and it's still in the mail. But I couldn't wait to show it off and I'm running out of coins to discuss on Tuesdays, so here it is:

    Trebonianus Gallus VICTORIA AVG advancing right antoninianus Antioch NSB.jpg
    Trebonianus Gallus, AD 251-253.
    Roman AR antoninianus, 3.5 g, 21 mm.
    Antioch, 1st series, AD 251-252.
    Obv: IMP C VIB TREB GALLVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust, right, ••• below bust.
    Rev: VICTORIA AVG, Victory advancing right, holding wreath in right hand and palm frond in left; no officina marks.
    Refs: RIC 95; Cohen 127; RCV 9655; Hunter, p. cvi.
    Notes: Scarce. Only two examples (1 in the Dorchester hoard and 1 in the Tulln hoard) are to be found among the 949 coins of Antioch representing 11 hoards summarized by Metcalf (p. 87). The handful of examples illustrated online are all of the 3rd series.

    There are four reverse types depicting Victory on coins issued for Treboninanus Gallus, one from Rome, on which she is depicted standing left ...

    Trebonianus Gallus, AD 251-253.
    Roman AR antoninianus, 3.46 g, 22.2 mm, 5 h.
    Rome, 6th officina, 5th issue, AD 253.
    Obv: IMP CAE C VIB TREB GALLVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust (viewed from back) of Trebonianus Gallus, right.
    Rev: VICTORIA AVGG, Victory standing left,holding wreath and palm.
    Refs: RIC 48a; Cohen/RSC 128; RCV 9656; Hunter 23.

    ... and three from Antioch -- Victory advancing right (as above), Victory standing on a globe and facing right (discussed earlier here; caution: I may have misidentified the coin as being of the 1st or second series in that post; I'm not sure) ...

    Trebonianus Gallus, AD 251-253.
    Roman AR antoninianus, 3.49 g, 20.3 mm, 7 h.
    Antioch, unmarked officina, AD 252-253.
    Obv: IMP C C VIB TREB GALLVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust (viewed from back) of Trebonianus Gallus, right.
    Rev: VICTORIA AVG, Victory standing right, on globe, holding a wreath and a palm.
    Refs: RIC 94; Cohen --; RSC 127b; RCV 9654; Hunter p. cvi.
    Notes: Scarce. Only six examples are to be found among the 949 coins representing 11 hoards summarized by Metcalf (p. 87).

    ... and Victory advancing left, RIC 93, an example of which still eludes my collection.

    My new acquisition illustrates the 1st series type of Antioch, characterized by a cuirassed and undraped bust with a fine style portrait, and with officina marks only on the obverse. The second series is like the first, but has officina marks on both sides of the coin. The third series features a draped and cuirassed bust of crude style and officina marks on both sides. I discuss this in more detail in last week's edition of T-Bone Tuesday.

    Don't expect much luster on these coins -- my coin illustrates the severe debasement of the coins from this mint. Gallus's coins of the Antioch mint average only 18.9% silver, whereas those issued in Rome were less debased (30.9%), with the least debased being the unknown branch mint previously believed to have been Mediolanum (37.9% silver) (Pannekeet, Table 3).

    Post your coins of T-Bone from Antioch, your favorite Victory reverse types, or anything you feel is relevant!


    Pannekeet, Cornelis GJ. "A Theory on How the Denarius Disappeared and the Debasement of the Antoninianus." Academia.edu, www.academia.edu/3784962/A_theory_on_how_the_denarius_disappeared_and_the_debasement_of_the_antoninianus?auto=download.
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    So many purdy Victories. Me likey.
  4. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Basileus Megalos

    T-bone. I have to add that Gallus is sneezing...


  5. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Nice coins and write-up as always, RC. I do look forward to T-Bone Tuesdays, so keep them coming.

    I thought I had one of these Gallus Victory types, but I do not. Rather I have a Trajan Decius, which I hope is close enough for this thread.

    This is one of those heavy antoninianii of that era (5.39 grams). Something to distribute to the troops? It appears to be of pretty good silver too.

    Trajan Decius - Ant. Victory June 2017 (0).jpg

    Trajan Decius Antoninianus
    (249 A.D.)
    Rome mint

    IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate cuirassed bust right / VICTORIA AVG, Victory advancing left with wreath and palm.
    RIC 29c; RSC 113a; Sear 9387
    (5.39 grams / 22 mm)
  6. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Nice coin and explanation.
    I don't have T-bone victory, so I will post Gordian and Phillip:
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  7. ominus1

    ominus1 Supporter! Supporter

    ...the fact that you've kept it going thus far is a credit to your tenacity RC..you've got more T-Bones than anyone i know!...great job sir! :)(i LOVE that 2nd reverse!)..here's some flying Vics for ya... Nero SPQR shield flying Victory As's 001.JPG Nero SPQR shield flying Victory As's 002.JPG
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  8. DonnaML

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    @Roman Collector, you really do seem to have an inexhaustible supply of wonderful coins, and unlike many of us, you rarely have to repeat them!

    Most of my coins showing Victory have her as a miniature Tinkerbell type standing on a globe in somebody's palm, but here are a few I like -- none from T. Gallus, unfortunately -- that give her a little more space:

    From C. Naevius Balbus, here's a Victory who didn't simply have a partial wardrobe malfunction like yours on the globe, but entirely forgot her top today:

    Naevius Balbus -triga both sides combined jpg.jpg

    From Septimius Severus:

    Detail Septimius Severus denarius, purchased 01.04.2018 (2).jpg

    On the reverse of a Constantinopolis coin, from Constantine the Great:

    1001-CONSTANTINOPOLIS Constantine I jpg version - RCV IV 16469.jpg
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