22 April - 29 July 238 AD, Issue 2
IMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG, Head of Pupienus, radiate, heavy-bearded, draped and cuirassed, facing right
AMOR MVTVVS AVGG, Two right hands clasped; right thumb over left
22.54mm, 4.4g, 6h
aEF, lifelike portrait, slight die faults, cabinet toning, lustrous,
From the Dr. Neussel collection (no. 1184) with his coin flip insert, ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachf Auction 420 (1 November 2017), Lot 418
Pupienus (Marcus Clodius Pupienus Maximus Augustus) jointly ruled with Balbinus as Roman Emperor for just three months in 238 AD, during the tumultuous 'Year of the Six Emperors'. According to the 'Dictionary of Roman Coins', the reverse legend, AMOR MVTVVS AVGG, featuring on coinage of both Balbinus and Pupienus, translates as 'Mutual affection of the Emperors' and symbolises the equal and joint rule of the co-emperors.