VALERIAN
AD 253-360

Billon Antoninianus. 3.6g, 22.3mm
MINTED: Viminacium mint, AD 254-255
REF: MIR 803d; Cohen 36 var. (bust type); RIC 233 var. (same)
OBVERSE: IMP VALERIANVS P AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
REVERSE: CONCORD EXERC, Concordia standing front, head to left, holding patera over lighted altar with her right hand and cornucopiae in her left.


Notes:

An attractive Valerian antoninianus struck in the less common mint city of Viminacium. 

 

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 . Billon Antoninianus . Viminacium mint

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