Friday, May 11, 2007
Æ23, Perga in Pamphylia, Gallienus, SNG von Aulock 4719var
obscure, Radiate draped cuirassed bust right | ΠEPΓ_AIΩN, Tyche standing left, holding rudder in right hand and cornucopia in left.
Most of my coins of Perga are larger than this, about 30mm or larger, but this isn't the only one of about 23mm. This probably represents two or three denominations, a more complicated economy than other provincial cities prove.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Æ antoninianus, Gallienus, Rome, Göbl 585a
GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head right | FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna standing left, holding rudder on globe in right hand and cornucopia in left.
This is unusual-looking, but not quite enough to make me beleive that it's a counterfeit. Perhaps inexpert cleaning is at fault or perhaps I'm just not seeing what's obvious to everyone else. I greatly distrust the Emperor's face but am reassured by the letter forms on the obverse.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
MAX THEODORAE AVG, Draped bust right, wearing necklace | PIETAS ROMANA, Pietas standing right, a child in each arm.
Flavia Maximiana Theodora was the daughter of Maximinan and wife of Constantius I (Chlorus). There's no record of her after his death in Britain in 306.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Æ24, Smyrna in Ionia, Gallienus, SNG Copenhagen 1413
AVT K Π ΛIK ΓAΛΛIHNOC, Laureate draped bust right | CMYPNAIΩN NEΩ, Kybele, turreted, seated left on throne, holding patera in right hand, left elbow resting on tympanum. Lion at feet left.
As always, posting coins from Smyrna gives me another chance to add a link to the history of how that city suffered when the Turks slaughtered the Armenians and Greeks.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Billon antoninianus, Gallienus, Rome, Göbl 86q
IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS P F AVG, Radiate cuirassed bust right, both ribbons behind | VIRTVS AVGG, Mars standing left, holding reversed spear in right hand, resting left hand on shield at feet.
Like the majority of recent posts, this is a coin not posted before since I did post a superior example of this.