Finn235 Posted July 29, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 29, 2022 And my second white whale from Naville - Volusian, as Caesar under Trebonianus Gallus and Hostilian AE As Struck ca. June - November (?) 251 Obv: C VIBIO VOLVSIANO CAES, draped bust right Rev: PAX AVGG S C, Pax sranding left, holding branch and scepter June 251 was without a doubt one of the most tragic events of the Crisis years for Rome - after tirelessly working to restore the facade of stability for the Roman Empire, Trajan Decius and his recently-elevated co-emperor and son Herennius Etruscus perished in what was supposed to be a low-risk campaign to subdue barbarian aggression on the empire. The desperate troops proclaimed the nearby Trebonianus Gallus as emperor, despite the title legally belonging to the young Caesar Hostilian back at Rome with his mother. In an unprecedented show of humanity, and perhaps still haunted by the murder of the young Philip II hours after the death of his father just years earlier, Gallus immediately announced that he would adopt Hostilian and elevate him to co-emperor, while his own son Volusian was granted the lesser title of Caesar. This arrangement would not last long, as Hostilian died of natural causes (likely plague) no later than November of 251. Coins of Hostilian as Augustus are rare But coins of Volusian as Caesar are very rare, exceeded in rarity only by the incredibly brief issue of coins for Herennius Etruscus as Augustus (which sadly still eludes me). I am positively thrilled to finally cross off Volusian Caesar from my list - and I certainly never hoped to find one in such nice condition, even if somewhat smoothed! Feel free to show anything related! And for good measure - my coins of Trebonianus Gallus And Volusian as Augustus 17 1 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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