What was Volusian's name?
Volusian was Augustus under his father, the Roman emperor Trebonianus Gallus,
We call him "Volusian" or "Volusianus," but his full name was longer than
that. Coins from the
Rome mint tell us more.
22 mm. 4.26 grams. 6:30 die axis.
RIC 166, page 178
IMP CAE C VIB VOLUSIANO AVG
which tells us his name included "C. Vibius Volusianus".
fully spelled out on some coins of Trebonianus Gallus, his father. ("C"
is the Roman abbreviation for "Caius".)
Reverse: AEQVITAS AVGG, Aequitus (fair-dealing) standing
left, holding scales and cornucopiae
But, that's not all. This next coin from the Antioch mint is more
23-22 mm. 4.05 grams. 6;00 die axis.
RIC 237b, page 186 (under Treboninianus Gallus)
IMP C V AF GAL VEND VOLUSIANO AVG
which RIV IV [page 158 in part 3] thinks might abbreviate
C. Vibius Af[inius] Gal[lus] Vend[umanianus] Volusianvs
I suppose the name "Vendumanianus" is attested elsewhere (It is not the
expansion of VEND that leaps to mind!)
Four dots below the bust and reverse figure = officina 4.
VBERITAS AVG, Uberitas (Fertility) standing left, holding purse and cornucopiae.
Note for collectors: The Rome
varieties with the first legend above are common. This legend from
Antioch is unusual. Nevertheless, Sear (Roman Coins and their Values, volume 3) does not list it as more
valuable, although all types from Antioch are much rarer than types from Rome.
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