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Roman Empire

Ruler: Salonina Wife of Gallienus
Reigned: died 268 AD
Denomination: AR Antoninianus (debased)
Mint: Samosata
Date of Issue: 258-60 AD
Obverse: Bust right. "CORN. SALONINA AVG."
Reverse: Gallienus and Salonina clasping hands, wreath above them. "CONCORDIA AVGG." (R and D retrograde)
Reference: RCVM 10630 ,RSC 31a, RIC 63 (Val & Gal joint reign)
Weight: 3.8 gms
Diameter: 20 mm

SALONINA, Cornelia

  • Salonina was the wife of Gallienus and mother of Valerian II and Saloninus.
  • She was made Augusta and 'Mater castrorum' (mother of the army) in 254 soon after her husband's appointment as Caesar, was probably murdered along with him in 268.
  • Valerian II died in Illyricum in 255, probably from natural causes.
  • Saloninus was murdered by the usurper Postumus at Colonia Agrippina in 260.
  • When Gallienus and Salonina died, their youngest son Marinianus, only three years old, is believed to have been killed at Rome by order of the Senate.

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