AE Antoninianus. 3.49g, 20.6mm
MINTED: Rome mint, 9th issue, AD 265-268
REF: MIR 36, 623x; RIC V (sole reign) 11 var. (peacock).
OBVERSE: SALONINA AVG, diademed and draped bust right on crescent.
REVERSE: IVNO CONSERVAT, Juno standing left, holding patera and sceptre, peacock at feet; N in right field.
Ex N. M. McQ. Holmes Collection; ex Normanby Hoard (1985) [IRBCH 854], no. 292 (part of), purchased from C.J. Martin (Coins) Ltd., 1987
The Normanby Hoard, discovered in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, in December 1985, is one of the largest and most important ancient coin hoards ever found in Britain. The hoard, comprising 47,898 Roman coins struck between AD 253-287, was cleaned and studied by the British Museum after its discovery, and was subsequently the subject of a detailed analysis and catalogue by Roger Bland and Andrew Burnett published in 1988. The British Museum as well as the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford acquired coins from the Normanby Hoard for their coin cabinets.
Very Fine. Dark green patina, with some original silvering still present on its surfaces.
Cornelia Salonina, the wife of Emperor Gallienus, was said to have been a woman of beauty and intelligence. Despite the fact that the mid 3rd century was a period of constant upheaval for the empire, Salonina helped her husband nurture a revival of the arts in Rome. She was a patron of writers and philosophers and especially admired the Neoplatonic scholar Plotinus. In the course of the wars her husband had to fight, she lost two of her sons, Valerian II and Saloninus. Gallienus himself was assassinated while beseiging the rebel Aureolus at Milan in 268, and in the purges of his family that followed, Salonina was probably executed along with their youngest son, Marinianus.
SALONINA . AD 254-268 . AE Antoninianus . Juno . **From the Normanby Hoard**
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