Salonina, wife of Gallienus. Gallienus reign dates: 253-268 AD. Alexandria. c. 266-267 AD (year 14)

Salonina, wife of Gallienus. Gallienus reign dates: 253-268 AD. Alexandria. c. 266-267 AD (year 14)

400.00

BI Tetradrachm, 10.21g (24mm, 12h). Draped bust r., wearing diadem / Draped bust of Isis r., wearing crown of solar disk and plumes; in field, LI-∆ and in front, palm-branch

References: Geissen 2980. Dattari 5336

Grade: Slightly porous surfaces and minor spots of discoloration in fields on both obverse and reverse. Lovely struck images on both sides and well centered. aEF for issue . (re1102)

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Cornelia Salonina was the wife of the Roman emperor Gallienus. She lived during a turbulent time in the Roman world in which there were several claimants to the throne. Her father in law Valerian co-ruled with his son. Valerian took the eastern empire and Gallienus the west. Valerian had the misfortune to be captured by the Perisan King Shapur in the Battle of Edessa and was imprisoned for the rest of his life (he was used as a footstool for the King). With his father gone, Gallienus became ruler of all of the Roman world. Gallienus served the longest reign since that of Caracalla (211-217 AD). This coin of Salonina was struck in year 14 of his reign and close to the time Gallienus was murdered by his troops.