AR Antoninianus. 3.09g, 21.8mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 252-253
REF: RIC 39
OBVERSE: IMP CAE C VIB TREB GALLVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: LIBERTAS AVGG, Libertas standing left, holding pileus and sceptre, with legs crossed, resting on column.
Very Fine/Almost Very Fine. Frosty, slightly porous surfaces. Good portrait.
Trebonianus Gallus was a senator and general who had accompanied Emperor Trajan Decius on his ill-fated campaign against an army of invading Goths. When Decius fell in battle , what was left of the decimated Roman legions declared Gallus the new emperor. Returning to Rome, Gallus accepted his predecessor's son Hostilian as co-emperor, and gave his own son Volusian the title of Caesar. Gallus's brief reign was troubled by numerous rebellions and invasions, and support for his regime rapidly eroded. In 253, Gallus and Volusian marched to put down the revolt of Aemilian, the governor of Moesia Superior and Pannonia. They had summoned the German legions under the future emperor Valerian to support them, but before Valerian could arrive, Gallus's own soldiers turned against him and murdered both him and Volusian.
TREBONIANUS GALLUS . AD 251-253 . AR Antoninianus . Libertas
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