Antoninianus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Balbinus

A work made of silver.
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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

AD 238 (April/June), issued by Balbinus and Pupienus

Artist:

Roman, minted in Rome

About this artwork

Obverse: Bust of Balbinus right, radiate crown, cuirass and paludamentum
Reverse: 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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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Antoninianus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Balbinus

Origin

Rome

Date

238 AD

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

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