Roman Imperial - Maximianus to Carinus

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XP271 - PHILIP I (AD 244-249), AR Antoninianus, VF+/VF+, $55

Obverse: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, bearded, right facing, draped, cuirassed bust of Philip I.

Reverse: AEQVITAS AVG, Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae.

Reference: Sear #2551, RIC IV #27b, Cohen #9.

Comments: Great portrait bust of Philip I on a large well struck flan. Reverse has a small spot of discoloration (probably due to a simple cleaning compound remnant) which does not detract from this nice coin. This ant. was minted in Rome during the early period of Philip's reign, AD 245-247.

XP273 - GALLIENUS (AD 253-268), Billon Antoninianus, VF/VF, $45

Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate, right facing, draped, cuirassed, bust of Gallienus.

Reverse: AETERNITAS AVG, PXV in exergue. Saturn standing right, holding sceptre (pike?).

Reference: RIC #606, Unlisted in Sear, Cohen #44.

Comments: This coin is indicative of the debasement of the antoninianus that had started during the earlier period of joint reign with his father, Valerian. The exergue marking indicates the Tribucian year AD 267. Despite this late period, the silver here is better than many of the same time period. Large, slightly irregular flan has all features and full legends. The detail in the hair and beard is very nice. Some striking weakness in the exergue is the only other minor fault with this unlisted (Sear), better than typical, piece of Gallienus.

XP396 - GALLIENUS (AD 253-268), AE Antoninianus, F/F+, $25

Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate, right facing, bust of Gallienus.

Reverse: APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, drawing a bow; Z in exergue.

Reference: Sear #2944, Cohen #44, Van Meter #72, RIC 162 (Sole Reign).

Comments: This interesting type coin is part of a commemorative vows to Apollo issue from the period 267-268 AD. They were meant to invoke the protection of Apollo against the revolt of Aureolus, a rebel in Milan during the period.

XP384 - VICTORINUS (AD 268-270), AE Antoninianus, aVF/aVF, $48

Obverse: IMP C PI VICTORINVS AVG, Radiate, right facing, bust of Victorinus [Marius?].

Reverse: (AE)QVI-TAS AVG, Aequitas standing left.

Reference: Sear #3162v, Cohen #8, Van Meter #3v.

Comments: This ex-CNG coin is thought to be a "Southern" mint issue due to it's portrait similarity to that of Marius. This piece is further distinguished by the Obverse legend variant from the more typical IMP C VICTORINVS PF AVG.

XP387 - TACITUS (AD 275-276), AE Antoninianus, VF+/VF+, $28

Obverse: IMP CM CL TACITVS AVG, Radiate, right facing, draped, cuirassed bust of Tacitus.

Reverse: PRO-VIDEN DEOR, Concordia standing facing, holding 2 standards; Sol to right, holding globe.

Reference: Sear #3310, Cohen #94, Van Meter #13v, RIC V Serdica #195.

Comments: A very nicely detailed, partially silvered, AE Ant. of this short-lived emperor. This coin is better than the scan indicates due to the darkness of the toning.

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