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Salonina, wife of Gallienus - Pudicitia seated 253-268 AD

Info added 5-4-23 
Salonina AE Antoninianus, Rome roughly 22mm
obv SALONINA AVG, Diademed and draped bust right, resting on crescent. 
rev PVDICITIA, Pudicitia standing left, holding patera and scepter
VI in exergue. RIC 25




Obverse: SALONINA AVG, Draped bust right on crescent
PVDICITIA, holding scepter and drawing back drapery from face. Mintmark VI

She married Gallienus about ten years before his accession to the throne. When her husband became joint-emperor with his father Valerian in 253, Cornelia Salonina was named Augusta.

Cornelia was the mother of three princes, Valerian II, Saloninus and Marinianus.
Her fate after Gallienus was murdered during the siege of Mediolanum in 268 is unknown. One theory is that her life was spared and another is that she was executed together with other members of her family, at the orders of the Senate of Rome.

I have learned that Pudicitia was the goddess of sexual virtue and modesty.

This coin appears almost coal black and glossy in hand, much darker and better looking than these images. A small tight crack but solid.

I wouldn't use it for turning a screw though.

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Very cool new addition! Love that patina and Pudicitia is very artfully rendered. 

Whatever she did to help support her husband to keep Rome unified after the defeat and abduction of his father, sadly, is unknown. Despite how much Gallienus must've done history grows silent around him. 


Such a supportive spouse she was even on some of the coins of the famous zoo series!


And, the human underbeard himself:


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Lovely coin, @thenickelguy! I only have Pudicitia standing!

Salonina Pudicitia standing Antoninianus.jpg
Cornelia Salonina, AD 253-268
Roman billon antoninianus, 3.54 g, 22.4 mm
Rome, sole reign of Gallienus, AD 260-262
Obv: SALONINA AVG, diademed and draped bust right on crescent
Rev: PVDICITIA, Pudicitia standing left, drawing veil from face and holding transverse scepter; officina mark Q (=4) in field, right
Refs: RIC 24; Cohen 92; RCV 10648

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Great coins in this thread! I don’t think i have a Salonina with Pudicitia, so instead I’ll show off a coin for a different reason. Salonina’s looks (along with everyone else of the era) are often hidden behind the artistic style of the time. Finding a realistic looking portrait of her can be challenging. Of all of my Salonina coins, this is one of my favorites due to the beautiful and relatively realistic depiction.


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Nice addition, thenickelguy (wow, you're really collecting at break-neck speed, eh? ... nicely played)


I had a similar coin ... 

Salonina AR Antoninianus (below)

Date: 257-258 AD

Diameter: 23.6 mm

Weight: 3.3 grams

Obverse: SALONINA AVG - Diademed and draped bust of Salonina

Reverse: FELICITAS PVBLICA - Felicitas seated, holding caduceus and cornucopiae

References: RIC 6



Salonina a.jpg

salonina b.jpg

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18 minutes ago, Steve said:

Nice addition, thenickelguy (wow, you're really collecting at break-neck speed, eh? ... nicely played)

No, I had about 25 coins a couple/few years ago (including this Salonina) but finding this forum has ramped up my interest. and .... Yes, I have bought about 15 coins in the past year, half in the past month.

I'm obsessed right now. I've been obsessed many times in my life.

Not by demons or anything like that. LOL

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