Trebonianus rose through the ranks in the army and received a high
enough stature that when Trajan Decius died in battle the army chose him to be
the next emperor. His popularity with the army and public waned inexorably ever
more for the rest of his reign. His first mistake, and not one which he could
have easily done much about, was to settle the same war that killed Decius by
buying off the enemy. For right or wrong this was viewed as an act of cowardice
bordering on treason. Then came a plague that decimated the population and even
claimed Hostilian who was co-Augustus with Gallus. As both disease and the
withering attacks of the barbarians eroded support for the emperor he had to
face yet another blow. Aemilian rose to challenge for the purple following a
series of successful battles with the barbarians that gave him and his army the
confidence to attempt to overthrow the troubled ruler. Gallus went through the
motions and approached to confront Aemilian in battle but his commanders had had
enough and killed him along with his son Volusian just before the engagement.
Obv-IMP CC VIB TREB GALL VS PF AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev-FELICITAS PVBL Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia.