Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR antoninianus. Struck during the joint reign of Gaius Vibius Afinius Trebonianus Gallus Augustus with his son Gaius Vibius Volusianus Augustus in Rome, 251-253 C.E. The radiate head of Volusian faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing image of Virtus, the goddess and personification of the virtues of valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth, perceived as masculine strengths, faces left and holds a spear in her left hand and rests her right on a shield with the inscriptions "VIRTVS AVGG" surrounding image. Reverse inscriptions based on Sear reference ; coin oddly shaped, rendering the inscriptions difficult decipher.
Date range: 251-253 C.E.
Remarks: The son of Trebonianus Gallus, Volusian was given the rank of Caesar at the time of his father's accession. On the death of Hostilian, he was immediately created Augustus and ruled jointly with his father until their murders in 253 C.E.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values", (Vol III, 2005), #9778, pg 245
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|