ROMAN EMPIRE, Trebonianus Gallus, 251-253 AD, bronze sestertius


ROMAN EMPIRE, Trebonianus Gallus, 251-253 AD, sestertius, no date (251 AD), Rome mint, Obverse: laureate head R, IMP CAES C VIBIVS TREBONIANVS GALLVS AVG, Reverse: Libertas standing Lholding pileus and scepter, LIBERTAS AVGG SC, bronze, 29-32mm, 16.38g, SR9674, double strike obverse, VF+

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ROMAN EMPIRE, Trebonianus Gallus, 251-253 AD, bronze sestertius

Trebonianus Gallus was acclaimed Emperor by his troops following the death in battle of previous Emperor Trajan Decius. Plague and war ensued, Gallus did not significantly improve the situation. Two years in a general who had beat Goths in battle was acclaimed and became Emperor Aemilian.

The Roman Republic was founded in response to tyrannical kings. It functioned for several centuries in a kind of balance of rich and poor people (slaves didn’t count). The general idea was that laws would constrain personal power. During the days of Julius Caesar, et al, powerful people became too powerful, and a new system of slightly constrained autocracy, the Empire, developed. The main catalog we use on this web site for Roman coins is Roman Coins and their Values, by David Sear.

“Ancient Coins” includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.