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Live auction - brm_549653 - BALBINUS Denier

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Estimate : 600 €
Price : 320 €
Maximum bid : 320 €
End of the sale : 29 October 2019 14:52:47
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Denier
Date: 238
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 500 ‰
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 3,31 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large, légèrement irrégulier, bien centré. Joli revers, bien détaillé, ainsi qu’un beau buste légèrement piqué sur la joue. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : IMP C D CAEL BALBINVS AVG.
Obverse description : Buste lauré, drapé et cuirassé de Balbin à droite, vu de trois quarts en avant (A*).
Obverse translation : "Imperator Cæsar Decimus Cælius Balbinus Augustus", (L'empereur césar Décimus Caélius Balbin auguste).


Reverse legend : PROVIDENTIA DEORVM.
Reverse description : Providentia (la Providence) debout de face tournée à gauche, tenant une corne d'abondance de la main gauche et un bâton de la main droite placé au-dessus d'un globe.
Reverse translation : “Providentia Deorvm”, (La Providence des Dieux).

Historical background


(02-04/05/238) Decimus Cælius Balbinus

After the eviction of Gordians in Africa, the Senate appointed two of its members to fight against Maximin, whose descent into Italy found himself stopped at Aquileia, where he was assassinated in April 238. Balbin, great administrator, remained in Rome while Pupien took the direction of military affairs. Despite this effective distribution of roles, Balbin fails to agree with his colleague Pupien. They were first obliged to adopt the last surviving male of the family Gordian (Gordian the Younger), Caesar promoted in February or March. Balbin and Pupien were both murdered, perhaps in late April or early May. The new chronology based on the work of the late A. Chastagnol and irreplaceable introduction to the Augustan History, op. cit., p. 696.

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