Gallienus Antoninianus Centaur with rudder GVF

Gallienus ruled as sole emperor from A.D. 260-268 during one of the most difficult times in the history of the empire. Not only was the empire facing natural disasters and invasions on all sides but he had to face at least 8 rebellions from his own governors and generals! He issued a fantastic group of bronze Antoniniani coins to honour the Gods, asking for their protection against these troubles. We have sold out of these coins before but we managed to buy a small group of the Centaur holding a globe and rudder. These are designed to honour Apollo, likely in response to plagues and disease, with the rudder and globe usually associated with Fortuna for luck. The coins are Good Very Fine. We only have a few at this price, it is very difficult to source these now!
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