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.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium
- Ancient Roman
- Antoninianus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Balbinus
- 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; 4.85 g
- Gift of Martin A. Ryerson