Silbannacus

Reece Period attributed: Period 12

Obverse image of a coin of Silbannacus

Member of the Third Century Emperors dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 244 until 249.

Silbannacus is only known from two coins. Theories are that he was a senior officer of Aemilian who was left behind at Rome when the emperor marched north; he attempted to seize power but was very soon defeated, explaining the extreme rarity of his coinage.

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  • Preferred label: Silbannacus
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    • Predecessor: Philip the Arab, Aemilianus
    • Successor: Valerian (emperor)
    • Definition: Silbannacus was a obscure Roman emperor or usurper during the Crisis of the Third Century. Silbannacus is not mentioned in any contemporary documents and his existence was forgotten until the 20th century, when two coins bearing his name were discovered, the first in the 1930s and the second in the 1980s. His unusual name suggests that he might have been of Gallic, or alternatively northern Italian, descent. As the only known evidence for his existence is the two coins, the exact time and extent of Silbannacus's rule is not known. Based on the design of the coin and its silver content, Silbannacus was most likely concurrent with the reigns of Philip the Arab (r. 244–249), Decius (r. 249–251), Trebonianus Gallus (r. 251–253), Aemilian (r. 253), or Valerian (r. 253–260). The two most prevalent ideas are the older hypothesis, that Silbannacus was a usurper in Gaul during the reign of Philip the Arab, at some point between 248 and 250, and the newer hypothesis, based on the design of the second coin, that Silbannacus was a briefly reigning legitimate emperor, holding Rome between the death of Aemilian and the arrival of Valerian.
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