Authentic Ancient coin,21 mm Romulus and Remus, Gallienus AD 253 (c121081)
Ancient Roman Coin, 21 mm, Gallienus and Romulus and Remus AD 253-268
Gallienus AE22 of Alexandreia, Troas. AD 253-268. Obs: IMP LICIN GALLIENV, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev: COL AVG-TRO, She-wolf standing right, suckling Romulus and Remus.
Approx size: 21 mm, 2 mm thick. Weight: 5.2 grams
This is a commemorative coin celebrating the founding of Rome. Gallienus AD (218–268), also known as Gallien, Roman Emperor with his father Valerian from AD 253 to 260 and alone from AD 260 to 268. He ruled during the crisis of the 3rd century that nearly caused the collapse of the empire. While he won a number of military victories, he was unable to prevent the secession of important provinces. His 15-year reign was the longest since the 19-year rule of Caracalla. He was struck down in AD 268 prior to the battle of Naissus.
This is my info on authenticating an ancient coin. If a dealer gives you a certificate on an inexpensive coin, it could be just a gimmick that some dealers use to sell their product. If you have a report on the coin that states all the particulars of the coin and attests to the authenticity, shows pictures of both the front and back, that report would have cost a minimum of $40, it is not easy to evaluate each and every coin. I can see the necessity if the coin is of a great value, but not inexpensive coins (coins under $200).
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