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Balbinus

Reece Period attributed: Period 11


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Obverse image of a coin of Balbinus

Member of the Third Century Emperors dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 238 until 238.

Decius Caelius Calvinus Balbinus was elected, along with Pupienus, by the Senate as Emperor. The move was to oppose Maximinus in the north and make up for the untimely deaths of Gordian I and II. Balbinus and Pupienus were not popular with the people of Rome, who demanded a Gordian ruler; the two were forced to appoint the 13-year-old grandson of Gordian I as Caesar.

The joint emperors were successful in defeating Maximinus at Aquileia. When they got back to Rome, the two began to argue about who was the more important emperor. The Praetorian Guard never took to them, and in May of 168 killed them both. The Praetorians proclaimed Gordian III emperor.

Balbinus had a full, meditative face with a slightly pronounced chin.

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Record: SUSS-EBA05F
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A fragment of a silver denarius of Balbin…
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Record: WILT-0F3306
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A Roman radiate of Balbinus (AD 238), rev…
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Record: LVPL-91FAE4
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Sestertius of Balbinus (22nd April- 29th J…
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Record: BH-EBA0F0
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Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: An incomplete and slightly worn silver Den…
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