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