AD 253-360

Billon Antoninianus. 2.76g, 21.7mm
MINTED: Mediolanum (Milan) mint, AD 257
REF: RIC 266; Cohen 257; MIR36, 794d
OBVERSE: IMP P LIC VALERIANO AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: VIRTVS AVGG, Mars standing left, holding Victory in right hand and a spear in the left hand, at his feet a shield.


Very Fine. Good metal.


Historical Notes:

Emperor Valerian was a senator with an illustrious career prior to his ascending the throne in 253.  He ruled together with his son Gallienus at a time when the Empire was facing onslaughts on many fronts.  In 260, an army he led against the Persians was defeated and he was treacherously taken captive while attending a peace parley.  He was then held captive at the court of the Persian king, Shapur the Great, and treated as a slave for many years.  Shapur eventually tired of his royal captive and had him flayed alive.  His skin was stuffed with straw and kept as a gruesome trophy. 

VALERIAN . AD 253-260 . Antoninianus . "VIRTVS AVG" . Milan

SKU: 151
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