Gallienus, Valerian's son, became co-emperor shortly after Valerian
himself ascended the throne. His greatest contribution to military history was
the first commissioning of a cavalry-only unit which could be dispatched
anywhere within the empire within short order. He was also successful in
repelling wave after wave of barbarian invaders as well as finally defeating
Postumus after a prolonged period which saw the two in battlefields on three
Asides from these marks of merit, Gallienus was a cruel tyrant of an oddly
mild disposition. Given to a life of luxury at a time when the empire was
suffering endless bouts of attacks this procured the rebellion of many armies in
the provinces. Ingenuus, Macrianus, Quietus, Balista, Domitianus of Gaul,
Regallianus, Zenobia, Celsus, Odenathus, Trebellianus, Piso, the Gallic
secessionists and possibly many more whose names are lost to history all usurped
the throne only to have met crushing defeats by the forces of Gallienus. His
luck finally ran out while besieging another usurper, Aureolus, at the hands of
his own despairing soldiers.
Obv-GALLERIUSAVG Radiate Head Right
Rev-FORTVNAREDVX Fortuna standing left with rudder and cornucopia
RIC 193, Cohen 269, S'88 2959
Obv-IMPGALLIENVSAVG Radiate head right
Rev-DIANAE CON SAVG Doe walking right, head turned left
RIC 177, Cohen 154
Obv-GALLIENVS AVG Radiate Head Right
Rev-DIANAE CONS AVG Stag walking left. XII in ex.
Obv-IMP GALLIENVS AVG Radiate head right.
Rev-DIANAE CONS AVG Doe walking right, head turned left. e in ex.
Obv- GALLIENVS AVG Radiate Head Right.
Rev-UNKNOWN Figure standing holding branch.
Obv-GALLIENVS AVG Radiate Head Right.
Rev-SOLI CONS AVG pegasus right springing heavenward. N in ex.
Obv-GALLIENVS AVG Raidiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev-IOVI PROPVGNAT Jupiter standing left and looking right, holding thunderbolt and eagle.