No, Homer! Not THAT T-bone! Not that T-Bone, either! I'm talkin' 'bout Trebonianus, affectionately known as T-Bone! And I love to collect the coins of his brief reign. What's not to like? They're affordable and varied. You have three obverse inscriptions, at least two mints, various officina marks, stars in the field, and a variety of reverse designs -- and these features are shared with co-emperor Hostilian and later Volusian. Enough issues to make for a challenging specialty collection but not so many issues as to seem a hopeless undertaking. Let's see your T-Bones and Volusians. Extra points for Hostilian as Augustus! This week, I'll post this pair of coins of T-Bone and his son, issued September - December, AD 251,* to implore Apollo and Salus to end the Cyprian plague. Trebonianus Gallus, AD 251-253. Roman AR antoninianus, 3.60 g, 19.2 mm, 6 h. Rome, 2nd issue, September - December, AD 251. Obv: IMP CAE C VIB TREB GALLVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust, right. Rev: APOLL SALVTARI, Apollo standing left, holding branch with right hand and resting left hand on lyre set on rock. Refs: RIC 32; Cohen/RSC 20; RCV 9627; Hunter 21. Volusian, AD 251-253. Roman billon antoninianus, 4.15 g, 21.2 mm, 1 h. Rome, 2nd issue, September - December, AD 251. Obv: IMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust, right. Rev: SALVS AVGG, Salus, standing right, feeding out of patera snake held in arms. Refs: RIC 184; Cohen/RSC 118; RCV 9769; Hunter 22. ~~~ *Mattingly, Harold, et al. The Roman Imperial Coinage. IV Part III, Spink, 1949, p. 154. However, in an earlier article, Mattingly assigned a date to this issue of mid-July to December, AD 252; see Harold Mattingly, "The Reigns of Trebonianus Gallus and Volusian and of Aemilian." The Numismatic Chronicle and Journal of the Royal Numismatic Society Sixth Series, Vol. 6, No. 1/2 (1946), pp. 36-46 (p. 41 in particular). Sear assigns a date of AD 252 to these issues; see Sear, David R. Roman Coins and Their Values III: The accession of Maximinus to the death of Carinus AD 235 - 285, London, Spink, 2005, pp. 230, 244.