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AD 254 - 268

Billon Antoninianus
Rome mint AD 260-268

Coins Catalog ID: 8018

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Sales Description
Obverse: CORNEL SALONINA AVG - Diademed bust right, draped and on a crescent
Reverse: FECVNDITAS AVG - Fecunditas, pregnant and standing left, holding cornucopia, at feet left, a child; a "delta" in upper left field
RIC, vol. V I, p.192, 5a
Cohen 41

Salonina - Julia Cornelia Salonina Crysogone: Wife of Gallienus; Mother of Valerian II and Saloninus.

Mints: Asia, locality uncertain, Lugdunum, Mediolanum, Rome.

Biography: Cornelia Salonina, known also as Chrysogone, 'begotten of gold,' was the wife of the Emperor Gallienus (253-268). She was murdered with him at the siege of Mediolanum while Gallienus attempted to suppress the revolt of Aureolus. Like Gallienus, she had a taste for philosophy, especially for Plotinus, and together with her husband proposed the creation of a city of philosophers near Rome. Salonina's sons of Gallienus, Valerian II and Saloninus, were appointed by their grandfarther Valerian I co-emperors of Gallienus while he ruled, but died before their parents.

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