238 AD must have been an interesting year in Rome - 6 emperors - beating the previous record of 5 in 193 AD, and doubling the number in 69 AD. An uprising in North Africa disposed of Maximinus Thrax, Gordian I and II only lasted 20 days, and then 22-Apr-238 the senate elected two emperors Pupienus and Balbinus and subsequently to assuage an angry mob, added a 13-year-old Gordian III to the mix. My first Balbinus, an EBay find from a period where I don't know the coin, there aren't many to see in auction databases, I will need a second opinion to be confident in its authenticity. Balbinus Provincial Bronze coin 24mm 5.50 g. Obv: Balbinus laureate, draped and cuirassed bust, seen from three quarters forward, AUT K KAILI BALBEINOS (Caesar Emperor Caelius Balbin). Rev: Leto draped facing left walking to the right, holding in her arms Apollo and Artemis, MILHSIWN NEOKORWN (double struck - note the feint second image of Apollo and Artemis) Sometime during the reign of the Antonines, burial started to become popular in place of cremation and funeral pyre. In the 3rd Century AD - richly carved sarcophagi became popular. Balbinus is the first emperor to be definitively connected to a sarcophagus. It is quite a richly decorated one: Source: A History of Roman Art, Enhanced Edition by Fred S. Kleiner Post your coins from the Year of 6 emperors - The challenge: are all six out there? - opinions on this coin or anything else you find interesting or entertaining welcome too.