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Balbinus, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.

Decimus Caelius Balbinus was elected along with Pupienus to end the reign of the brutal thug Maximinus. A military stalemate ensued, until Maximinus was murdered by his own troops. However, the general population and more importantly the Praetorian guard held little respect for the two ex-senators and they were murdered after a reign of 99 days.


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Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia apparently did not favor Balbinus. If he had a little foresight, he would have modified the chain of events that led to his murder after a reign of only 99 days.
RB86318. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 19, BMCRE VI 34, Cohen V 24 (12 fr.), Hunter III 19, SRCV III 8499, gVF, excellent portrait, tight flan, some marks and porosity, reverse slightly off center, edge cracks, weight 18.131 g, maximum diameter 29.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (to the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing half left, head left, wand downward over globe at feet in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; scarce; SOLD


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Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia apparently did not favor Balbinus. If he had a little foresight, he would have modified the chain of events that led to his murder after a reign of only 99 days.
SH15470. Silver denarius, RIC IV-1 7, RSC III 23, BMCRE VI 33, Hunter III 2, SRCV III 8490, Choice aEF, weight 3.039 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP C D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (to the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing left, in right baton over globe, cornucopia in left; full circle centering on both the obverse and reverse, nice style; rare; SOLD


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Balbinus was elected along with Pupienus to end the reign of the brutal Maximinus. A military stalemate ensued, until Maximinus was murdered by his own troops. The population and the Praetorian guard held little respect for the two ex-senators, however, and they were murdered after a reign of only 99 days.
SH77281. Silver denarius, RIC IV 8, RSC III 27, BMCRE VI 37, Hunter III 3, SRCV III 8491, VF, excellent portrait, toned, weight 3.036 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 1st emission; obverse IMP C D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGG (victory of the two emperors), Victory standing facing, head left, raising wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Harlan J. Berk; scarce; SOLD


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A.D. 238 was the year of six emperors. Maximinus Thrax was killed (along with his son Maximus Caesar) when his soldiers mutinied. Gordian II was killed in battle. Gordian I hanged himself. Pupienus was lynched by his bodyguard. Balbinus was beaten and dragged naked through the streets of Rome before being killed by the Praetorians. Gordian III lived to become sole emperor.
SH26625. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV-1 12, RSC III 17, BMCRE VI 74, Hunter III 6, SRCV III 8486, Choice gVF, full circle strike on a large flan, weight 4.887 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PIETAS MVTVA AVGG, clasped hands; SOLD


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A.D. 238 was the year of six emperors. Maximinus Thrax was killed (along with his son Maximus Caesar) when his soldiers mutinied. Gordian II was killed in battle. Gordian I hanged himself. Pupienus was lynched by his bodyguard. Balbinus was beaten and dragged naked through the streets of Rome before being killed by the Praetorians. Gordian III lived to become sole emperor.
SH34982. Silver denarius, RIC IV-1 8 var. (VICTORIA AVGG), BMCRE VI 37 var. (same), RSC III 27 var. (same), Hunter III 3 var. (same), SRCV III 8941 var. (same), Choice EF, dark toning, weight 3.639 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 1st emission; obverse IMP C D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORI AVGG (sic), Victory standing facing, head left, raising wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand; rare; SOLD


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Balbinus was elected along with Pupienus to end the reign of the brutal Maximinus. A military stalemate ensued, until Maximinus was murdered by his own troops. The population and the Praetorian guard held little respect for the two ex-senators, however, and they were murdered after a reign of only 99 days.
RS92615. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 11; BMCRE VI 71; RSC III 6, Hunter III 5, SRCV III 8485, Choice VF, full boarder centering on a broad flan, excellent portrait, toned, flow lines, porous, edge a little ragged, weight 3.341 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES MVTVA AVGG, clasped hands; from the Errett Bishop Collection; SOLD


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Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia apparently did not favor Balbinus. If he had a little foresight, he would have modified the chain of events that led to his murder after a reign of only 99 days.
SH27023. Silver denarius, RIC IV-1 7, RSC III 23, BMCRE VI 33, Hunter III 2, SRCV III 8490, aEF, weight 2.688 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP C D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (to the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing left, baton over globe in right hand, cornucopia in left; rare; SOLD


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A.D. 238 was the year of six emperors. Maximinus Thrax was killed (along with his son Maximus Caesar) when his soldiers mutinied. Gordian II was killed in battle. Gordian I hanged himself. Pupienus was lynched by his bodyguard. Balbinus was beaten and dragged naked through the streets of Rome before being killed by the Praetorians. Gordian III lived to become sole emperor.
SH01470. Silver denarius, RIC IV-1 5, RSC III 20, BMCRE VI 26, Hunter III 1, SRCV III 8489, EF, bold portrait, some legend softly struck, weight 1.73 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP C D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P COS II P P, Balbinus standing left, raising branch in right hand, short transverse scepter in left hand at waist; rare; SOLD


Balbinus, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.

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Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia apparently did not favor Balbinus. If he had a little foresight, he would have modified the chain of events that led to his murder after a reign of only 99 days.
RB85012. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 19, BMCRE VI 34, Cohen V 24 (12 fr.), Hunter III 19, SRCV III 8499, aVF, mottled green patina, nice portrait, obverse a little rough, weight 17.651 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (to the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing half left, head left, wand downward over globe at feet in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; scarce; SOLD


Balbinus, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.

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Balbinus was elected along with Pupienus to end the reign of the brutal Maximinus. A military stalemate ensued, until Maximinus was murdered by his own troops. The population and the Praetorian guard held little respect for the two ex-senators, however, and they were murdered after a reign of only 99 days.
SL90998. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 22, BMCRE VI 18, Cohen V 4, SRCV III 8494, Hunter III 11, NGC VG, strike 5/5, surface 2/5 (2490381-009), weight 19.885 g, maximum diameter 30.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 1st emission, 22 Apr - Jun 238 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG, Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, double cornucopia in left hand, S C in exergue; scarce; ON LAYAWAY




  




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