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Antoninianus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Balbinus

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.


238 (April-June), issued by Balbinus and Pupienus


Roman, minted in Rome

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin portrays a bust of Emperor Balbinus facing right, with a radiate crown and wearing a cuirass and paludamentum. The back (reverse) depicts two hands clasped.

Since few citizens actually saw their sovereign, recognizable symbols such as crowns, robes, and regalia served to identify the ruler on coinage. The ray-like crown depicted on Balbinus’s head associated the emperor with the sun much like a halo indicates a holy being.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Antoninianus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Balbinus


Rome (Minted in)

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238 CE




Obverse: IMP CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG "Imperator Caesar Decimus Caelius Balbinus Augustus" Reverse: PIETAS MVTVA AVGG "Mutual Piety of the Augusti"


Diam.: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

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Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

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