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Why purchase this Billon Double Denarius of Roman Emperor Gallienus?
Gallienus was Emperor of the Roman Empire from AD 253-268, sharing the throne with his father Valerian until AD 260, then as sole ruler until his death in AD 268. Based upon the inscriptions, this Billon Double-Denarius of Gallienus was struck during his solitary reign, AD 260-268. The Romans typically used doubled letters to indicate plurality. Coinage of Gallienus minted during his joint reign are inscribed "AVGG" (two emperors), while later coins bear the inscription "AVG."
Imagery Honoring the Roman Sun God
Gallienus is depicted on the obverse, facing right, wearing a military style drape and a radiate crown, framed by the inscription "GALLIENVS AVG," which simply means "Emperor Gallienus."
The reverse features the sun god Sol, with a chlamys draped over his shoulders and left arm. He is portrayed standing, holding a globe in his left hand while raising his right hand commanding the sun to rise, with a star below his upraised arm. The inscription "AETERNITATI AVG" is an abbreviation for the Latin "Aeternitati Augustorum," which translates as the phrase "(dedicated to the) Immortal Emperor."
Graded Choice Very Fine
This Bililon Double-Denarius is authenticated as coinage struck for Roman Emperor Gallienus and graded Choice Very Fine (Ch. VF) by NGC Ancients, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's ancient coin specialists. This beautifully struck coin, having a Sheldon Scale equivalent of 30-35, features nearly complete details with minor flattening on highest surfaces of the design.
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|Year of Issue:||AD 253-268|
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