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Antoninianus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Balbinus

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

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

Artist:

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

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Antoninianus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Balbinus

Origin

Rome

Date

238 CE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

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

Dimensions

Diam. 2.2 cm; 4.85 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4894

Extended information about this artwork

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