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Gallienus’ Zoo Series

430, Lot: 732. Estimate $500.
Sold for $650. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ROMAN. Imperial. Lot of one-hundred and eighty-eight (188) Antoniniani of Gallienus. A diverse mix of types, including 53 “Zoo” Antoniniani depicting various real and mythical animals (hippocamps, panthers, stags, gazelles, does, Pegasi, centaurs, etc.). . Fine to VF, some roughness. LOT SOLD AS IS, NO RETURNS. One-hundred and eighty-eight (188) coins in lot.

Gallienus’ so-called “Zoo series” was issued late in his reign and depicts an assortment of animals and mythical creatures. Each creature was associated with a particular deity who is identified on the reverse legend and given the title of protector of the emperor.