LEGIONARY ANTONINIANUS OF GALLIENUS, MILAN, AD 260-261.

LEGIONARY ANTONINIANUS OF GALLIENUS, MILAN, AD 260-261.

195.00

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

Reverse: COHH PRAET VI P VI F, Radiate lion walking right.

RIC: 370. Sear: 10186. [Milan, AD 260-261].

Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 2.1 g.

A rare billon antoninianus of Gallienus, struck in Milan, AD 260-261. This type forms part of the interesting 'legionary' series issued in honour of the army. The 15 year reign of Gallienus was a seemingly endless series of military campaigns and revolts against his rule, so ensuring the loyalty of his army was paramount. The radiate lion on the reverse celebrates the Praetorian Cohort, the emperor’s personal bodyguard and part of his large field army under the control of Aureolus based at Milan.

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