Antoninian of Trebonianus Gallus (251 – 253 AD)


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Obverse head with radiant crown to the right, IMP(erator) C(aesar) C(aius) VIB(ius) TREB(onianus) GALLVS AVG(ustus).

Back to the left Pax, in her right hand she holds a twig, in her left a sceptre. Around the edge PAX AETERNA

Double denarius (“Antoninian”), silver, diameter 26 mm, minted in Mediolanum (Milan) 251 to 253 AD

From Caracalla’s coinage reform (214/215), the Antoninian became the most minted coin in the Empire. It had the nominal value of two denarii, but its fine silver content was only worth 1.5 denarii from the outset. In the course of the following decades, the weight and value were further reduced, so that around the year 270 it still owned about 3% silver and was thus de facto only a bronze coin.


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