Roman Empire, Balbinus (238 AD), AR Denarius

238 AD

Roman Empire, Balbinus (238 AD), AR Denarius
Roman Empire, Balbinus (238 AD), AR Denarius
650.00 VAT margin scheme
Article code22-3619
Balbinus (Emperor 22 April 238 - 29 July 238 AD), AR denarius, struck 238 AD.

Obverse: IMP C D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: PROVIDENTIA DEORVM, Providentia standing left with wand over globe and cornucopiae.

Diameter: ± 23,1 mm
Weight: 2,16 g
RIC 7, RSC 23

Very fine, struck on a wide flan.
Emperor Balbinus: Roman emperor in the 'Year of the Six Emperors. Following the death of Gordian II the Senate appointed Balbinus and Pupienus as co-emperors. They ruled from 22 April to 29 July in 238 AD.

Balbinus was known for his wealth and luxury, and his rule was marked by a focus on building and construction projects. He also made efforts to improve the lives of the poor, by providing them with grain and money. Despite these efforts, Balbinus' rule was marked by instability and conflict.
One of the main challenges that Balbinus faced was the threat of rebellion from the Roman provinces. In particular, he had to contend with a revolt led by the governor of Africa, Gordianus. This rebellion was eventually put down, but it further weakened the already fragile state of the empire.
Another problem  Balbinus had to deal with was the strained relationship with his co-emperor Pupienus which made it difficult for them to effectively govern together. Their power struggle ultimately resulted in the murder of both Balbinus and Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard.
Caesar Gordian III was then proclaimed sole Emperor by the Praetorian Guard.

Features and Specifications

Period Roman
Category Coins
Material Silver
Country Roman Empire