AE Antoninianus. 2.4g, 19.8mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 257-260
REF: RIC V 29; Sear 10640
OBVERSE: SALONINA AVG, diademed and draped bust right, hair in ridges and up the back of head, crescent behind shoulders.
REVERSE: IVNO REGINA, Juno standing slightly left, veiled head left, patera in right hand, scepter vertical behind in left hand.
Very Good/Fine. Dark brown patina.
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 . Antoninianus . Juno, Queen of the Gods
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