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Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Empress Salonina

A work made of billon.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of billon.

Date:

267-268

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin portrays a draped bust of the empress Salonina, facing right.
The back (reverse) depicts an eaglewith a wreath in its beak and its wings open behind.

Salonina was married to the Roman emperor Gallienus, who reigned jointly with his father, Valerian, from 253-260, and then as sole emperor to 268. The date this coin was struck is indicated in the reverse inscription "LIE ", which means the fifteenth year of Gallienus’s reign, or 267-268 CE.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Empress Salonina

Origin

Alexandria

Date

Struck 267 CE–268 CE

Medium

Billon

Inscriptions

Obverse: [Κ]ΟΡΝΗΛΙΑ [CAΛΩNEINA CEB] Reverse: LIE

Dimensions

Diam. 2.2 cm; 9.61 g

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1938.1223

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