About this artwork
The front (obverse) of this coin portrays the empress Salonina, facing right and crowned with a diadem.
On the back (reverse) Elpis, the goddess of hope, walks left holding a flower and raising the hem of her robe. A palm branch and a partial inscription are seen in the field behind her.
Salonina was married to the Roman emperor Gallienus, who reigned jointly with his father, Valerian, from 253-260, then as sole emperor to 268. The date this coin was struck is indicated in the reverse inscription “LIΔ “, which means the fourteenth year of Gallienus’s reign, or 266-267 CE.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium
- Ancient Roman
- Coin Portraying Empress Salonina
- Roman Empire
- 266 CE–267 CE
- Diam. 2.3 cm; 9.90 g
- Gift of Robert L. Grover