Saloninus – 259 AD

Saloninus

As Caesar 255-259 AD
As Augustus 259 AD


Publicus Licinius Cornelius Saloninus Valerianus was the younger son of the Emperor Gallienus andSalonina. Following the death of his older Valerian II in 255 AD, Saloninus was raised to the rank of Caesar. Saloninus was eventually raised to the rank of Augustus making him co-emperor with his father. However, soon afterwards, Saloninus was put to death in Cologne by the Gaulish usurper Postumus, who at the time was the commander of the Rhine legions when he was proclaimed Emperor by his troops.


Monetary System

Note: The silver coinage of Saloninus undergoes a severe debasement in 259 AD. At first, the very earliest issues are minted in a fine white silver composition. Before the year ends, the antoninianus becomes debased to the point where the silver content is less than 40% giving the coinage a distinct light chocolate bronze appearance, which in turn was coated with a thin silver wash. Fine silver antoninianii are much rarer than those of the billion variety.

Mints: Rome, Antioch, Cyzicus, Milian, Siscia

Obverse Legends:

As Caesar

SALON VALERIANVS CAES
SALON VALERIANVI CAES
SALON VALERIANVS NOB CAES

As Augustus

IMP SALON VALERIANVS AVG


DENOMINATIONS

As Caesar

AU Aureus (6.54 grams)
AU Quninarius (3.54 grams)
AR Antoninianus
Æ Billion Antoninianus (silver washed)
AR Quinarius (1.58 grams)
Æ Sesterius
Æ As

As Augustus

AU Aureus (6.54 grams)
Æ Billion Antoninianus (silver washed)


Monetary History of the World
© Martin A. Armstrong