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
- Ancient Roman
- Antoninianus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Balbinus
- 238 AD
- 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