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NGC MS 4/5 - 4/5 (AD 251-253) Roman Empire Volusian AR antoninianus (20mm, 3.02 gm, 6h). Great Toning!

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Volusian (AD 251-253). AR antoninianus (20mm, 3.02 gm, 6h). NGC MS 4/5 - 4/5. Rome, AD 251-253. IMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Volusian right, seen from behind / PIETAS AVGG, Pietas, veiled, standing facing, head left, both hands raised; lit altar to left. RIC IV.III 182.

 

Gaius Vibius Volusianus (died August 253) was a Roman emperor from November 251 to August 253, ruling with his father Trebonianus Gallus.

After Emperor Decius and his son and co-ruler Herennius Etruscus died in battle in June 251, Trebonianus Gallus was elected emperor in the field by the legion. Gallus raised Hostilian, the younger son of Decius, to augustus (co-emperor) and elevated Volusianus to caesar. After the death of Hostilian in November 251, Volusianus was raised to augustus. The short reign of Gallus and Volusianus was notable for the outbreak of a plague, which is said by some to be the reason for Hostilian's death, the invasion of the Sasanian Empire, and the raids of the Goths. Volusianus was killed alongside his father in August 253 by their own soldiers, who were terrified of the forces of the usurper Aemilian which were marching towards Rome.

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