Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Gallienus (AD 253-268). AV aureus (21mm, 6.07 gm, 7h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 3/5. Rome, Sole Reign, AD 260-268. GALLIENAE-AVGVSTAE, head of Gallienus left, wearing barley wreath / VBIQVE PA-X, Victoria in fast biga right, reins in left hand, whip in right. RIC V.I 74. Cohen 1015. Calic├│ 3595 (this coin). Biaggi 1472 (this coin). Very rare.

    From the Morris Collection. Ex Numismatica Ars Classica, Auction 38 (21 March 2007), lot 166.

    No Roman emperor is more unjustly vilified than Gallienus, who spent his 15-year reign desperately fighting the forces of chaos and destruction. Publius Licinius Egnatius Gallienus was born circa AD 218-220 to Valerian, a wealthy senator who served in a number of important posts during the AD 230s and 240s. In AD 253, Valerian seized the throne and named Gallienus, then in his mid 30s, as co-emperor. Valerian traveled East to combat a major Persian invasion while Gallienus took charge of Roman forces in Gaul and the Balkans, spending six years in continuous warfare against barbarian incursions. He won a smashing victory over the Alemanni in AD 259, but almost immediately came news that Valerian had been captured by the Persians and the entire Roman army of the East annihilated. All hell broke loose in the following months. Roman generals revolted in Gaul, the Balkans and Asia Minor, while barbarian raiders poured across the unprotected frontiers in destructive waves. Economic collapse, banditry, piracy and pestilence followed in their wake as the Roman Empire fragmented and spiraled perilously close to oblivion. Still, Gallienus battled on doggedly, showing grit and ingenuity. His military reforms, including the the promotion of a tough new officer class from the Danubian provinces, were key to the eventual Roman recovery. Though a capable soldier, he was also a patron of art, literature and philosophy. His poetic pretensions, gender-bending wit and love of luxury earned him the disdain of Rome's upper classes. But he was tolerant and humane, and he won the respect of Christians by ending decades of persecution. In AD 268, he fell victim to a plot by the very Danubian officers he had raised to prominence. But the great Roman revival of the late third century owes as much to Gallienus as to the soldier-emperors that followed him.


    View all of [The Morris Collection ]

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2019
    6th-7th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 17
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 313

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 8 days left to consign to the 2020 January 8 - 13 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando !

    Learn about consigning with us

    The publicity your marketing generated was fabulous, and your internet system is beyond belief.
    [ Entire Letter » ]
    Bill and Gloria Dominick,
    Park Ridge, NJ
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 October 17-24 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 October 17-24 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $7,412,570
    2019 September 5 - 9 Long Beach Expo World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    2019 September 5 - 9 Long Beach Expo World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    REALIZED $5,897,641
    2019 September 5 - 9 Long Beach Expo World Paper Money Signature Auction - Long Beach
    2019 September 5 - 9 Long Beach Expo World Paper Money Signature Auction - Long Beach
    REALIZED $1,866,390